Francine Prose with Margot Livesey
Elliott Bay’s July begins on a high note as esteemed, award winning fiction writer Francine Prose - also masterly with non-fiction work - virtually joins to read from and discuss her fabulous new novel, The Vixen (Harper). Set primarily in New York in the early 1950s, it is first a young man’s coming into adult age, finding about work, love, life, and the many forms of navigation that ensue. And then it is much more.
“Only a writer as deft and ingenious as Francine Prose could tell us the story of the American present, slantwise, through the McCarthy past. A bright Coney Island Jew tries to rise in the gin-soaked world of WASP publishing, where his job is to mash the tragedy of the Rosenberg executions into pulp. I relished every page of this hilarious, cunning and utterly engrossing novel, and came away with a startling recognition of the place we now call home.”- Danzy Senna.
“A rollicking trickster of a novel, wondrously funny and wickedly addictive.” - Maria Semple.
Francine Prose’s many other books include the novels, Mister Monkey, Blue Angel, A Changed Man (winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize), and such non-fiction works as Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife and Reading Like a Writer. She is a former president of PEN America and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. Francine Prose will appear in conversation with novelist Margot Livesey, author most recently of The Boy in the Field (Harper) and The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing.