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Saturday, October 13 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fiction: Hilarity and Heartache

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Love stories--both in real life and on the page--are rarely as simple as “happily ever after.” In this session, we’ll hear from three authors whose most recent novels illustrate the vicissitudes--and bittersweet comedy--of modern relationships. Stephen McCauley, who’s been exploring unconventional relationships since his first novel, The Object of My Affection, does it again with charm and conviction in My Ex-Life, in which a gay man explores whether you can go home again when his ex-wife asks him to tackle her daughter’s college admissions crisis. In Chelsey Johnson’s Stray City, a young lesbian in 1990s Portland, Oregon, does the unthinkable--she hooks up with a man, becoming pregnant and consequently questioning everything she thought she knew about her identity. And Andrew Martin, in his debut novel Early Work, traces the sexual, ethical, and literary misadventures of millennials whose reality has been (over)determined by the books they read. Leading the discussion is Jessica Keener, whose own most recent novel is Strangers in Budapest.

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Jessica Keener

Novelist Jessica Keener's literary talents were recognized early on; she was awarded a full scholarship to Brown University based on her creative writing portfolio. Since then, she has gone on to publish short stories in publications such as Redbook, Night Train, and The Southeast... Read More →

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Chelsey Johnson

Chelsey Johnson’s debut novel, Stray City, is set in Portland, and is about a lesbian woman who becomes pregnant after an ill-judged one-night stand with a man. Buzzfeed wrote that “Johnson's writing is very funny yet emotionally tender, and ultimately is a heartwarming celebration... Read More →
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Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin's stories have appeared in  the Paris Review, Zyzzyva, and Tin House's Flash Fridays series, and his nonfiction has been published by the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the Washington Post, and others. His debut novel is Early Work, which the Chicago Review... Read More →
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Stephen McCauley

Stephen McCauley had many careers before settling on being a novelist: kindergarten teacher, travel agent, yoga instructor. He wrote The Object of My Affection as his Columbia University MFA thesis. A professor sent it to an agent, it was accepted by Simon and Schuster, 20th Century... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Emmanuel Parish Hall 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA