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Saturday, October 13 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Fiction: Love and Trauma

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The three accomplished novelists in this session have crafted remarkable portraits of characters struggling with how to reconcile the damage of the past with the promise of a new future. In Gone So Long, Andre Dubus III sets up a provocative situation--a woman in her 40s is about to meet the father she can’t remember, the man who murdered her mother and now wants to make amends--in a novel that, according to Booklist, “asks what it means to atone for the unforgivable.” In Jenna Blum’s The Lost Family, an Auschwitz survivor who blames himself for the deaths of his family tries to start anew as a chef in America, with mixed results. And in Aminatta Forna’s Happiness, two lonely people--a Ghanaian trauma specialist and an American wildlife biologist--meet by chance on Waterloo Bridge, and their hopes for personal redemption send them on an odyssey that illustrates the interconnectedness of both humans and the natural world. Please join these three masterful writers for a wide-ranging conversation about empathy, resilience, and the craft of fiction, moderated by novelist Henriette Lazaridis, author of The Clover House.

Moderators
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Henriette Lazaridis

Henriette Lazaridis has dedicated her career to telling stories. Her debut novel, The Clover House (2013), was called a “stunning debut novel” by USA Today. She earned degrees in English literature from Middlebury College, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar) and the University... Read More →

Presenters
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Jenna Blum

Jenna Blum writes moving novels of heart and tragedy. She moved Oprah Winfrey enough to be included on the list of Oprah’s Top Thirty Authors. Her first novel, Those Who Save Us (2005), chronicles Trudy Schlemmer’s journey to uncover the truth of her and her mother’s past in... Read More →
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Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna is the author of The Hired Man, The Memory of Love, and Ancestor Stones, and the harrowing memoir of Forna’s childhood and the disappearance and death of her father in Sierra Leone in the mid-1970s, The Devil That Danced on the Water (2002). Her work has won her many... Read More →
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Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III is a novelist with a long and celebrated career. He is the author of six novels and a memoir, Townie, about his troubled childhood in and around Haverhill, Massachusetts, and his difficult relationship with his famous writer father. His books of fiction are The Cage... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Church of the Covenant 67 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA

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