Carolyn Ferrell with Joan Silber
In a year with many noteworthy debut novels, Carolyn Ferrell’s bracing, beautiful Dear Miss Metropolitan (Henry Holt), is among the highlights by anyone’s reckoning. “Sometimes, to write about a horrifying trauma and its resounding effects, you have to write toward the heart of the matter in unexpected ways. Carolyn Ferrell does just that in her remarkable, challenging debut novel Dear Miss Metropolitan. This is the story of three girls stolen from their lives by a sadistic man, but it is also about a community that failed each of the girls and what it can be like to emerge from a very dark, damaged place on fragile footing. Dear Miss Metropolitan is a story told in brilliant, jagged fragments. It is a story that will make you uncomfortable and it will make you ache and make you rage. Ferrell's novel is a monumental provocation and heralds great things to come from an immensely talented writer.” —Roxane Gay.
“Such a beautifully rendered and provocative novel. Ferrell has given me a world I could never have imagined filled with so many people I feel like I’ve always known. A stunner.”
Carolyn Ferrell is also the author of the multiple-award-winning story collection, Don’t Erase Me. With Carolyn Ferrell, in conversation by virtual means this evening, we’re delighted to welcome back award-winning fiction writer Joan Silber, author of the recent novel, Secrets of Happiness.