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Saturday, October 13 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fiction: Myth, Fate, and Family

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The two powerful novels considered in this session explore how we come to terms with history--familial and personal--to create a more tenable future. In New Yorker book critic James Wood’s novel Upstate, Vanessa, a philosophy professor in upstate New York, has forged a new life far from her childhood home in the UK. A serious bout of depression brings her father and sister for a visit and prompts a profound examination of family bonds and a reckoning with the past. In Madeline Miller’s NYT bestseller Circe, another daughter--this one a goddess and a witch--deals with an exile that, although not self-imposed like Vanessa’s, allows for self-reinvention. Although Upstate is set firmly in reality and Circe takes place in the fantastical world of Greek mythology, each raises urgent questions about self and other, family histories and societal norms. Join us for an illuminating conversation led by novelist Dawn Tripp, author of Georgia and Game of Secrets. Sponsored by PEN America.

Moderators
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Dawn Tripp

Dawn Tripp is a winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction and author of three novels set in New England: Moon Tide, The Season of Open Water, and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in publications including the Virginia Quarterly Review... Read More →

Presenters
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Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller has a BA and MA from Brown University in Latin and ancient Greek, and she has been teaching both for over a decade. She has also studied at the Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales to a modern audience. Her first novel, The Song of Achilles... Read More →
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James Wood

Called by Vivian Gornick "among the most highly regarded literary critics of our moment," James Wood has been a staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker since 2007. In 2009, he won the National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism. He was the chief literary critic at the... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Trinity Forum 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116, USA

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