Jeffrey Eugenides with Mary Ann Gwinn
Jeffrey Eugenides, for some decades now, one of our most acclaimed novelists, has written three highly praised novels. He is here tonight with Fresh Complaint (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), his very first collection of stories.
“Well-off, well-intentioned people find their just-so lives upended, often in curious ways, in this first collection of short stories by Eugenides … Eugenides enjoys putting his characters into odd predicaments: “Baster” centers on a woman pursuing a pregnancy via the title’s kitchen gadget, while the writer who narrates “Great Experiment” contemplates defrauding his wealthy but stingy employer, using de Tocqueville’s writings as a rationalization. But Eugenides never holds up his characters for outright mockery, and the two fine new stories that bookend the collection gracefully navigate darker territory ...Sprightly or serious, Eugenides consistently writes about complex lives with depth and compassion.” - Kirkus.
Onstage with him for conversation and to moderate is former Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn.
Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis.