Namwali Serpell with Isaac Fitzgerald
Along with our independent bookstore colleagues at Books & Books, we are delighted to help present this virtual program with award-winning novelist Namwali Serpell, occasioned by the publication of her much-anticipated second novel, The Furrows (Hogarth). There are two children - and then there is one. How is that loss lived with?
“This book reads like a ghost story, a murder mystery, a thriller, a redemptive love story that never loses its knife edge of danger. . . A daring and masterful novel about how we respond to the mystery of death.” –Kiran Desai.
“Namwali Serpell’s riveting prose urges me to believe that sometimes the true work of grief is to rupture us so thoroughly, we become capable of telling—and living—another story.” –Tracy K. Smith.
“In the brilliant and impressionistic latest from Serpell (The Old Drift), a young woman traverses the trenches of grief that have shaped her life … In a series of shocking twists, Serpell shatters comfortable ideas about grief and melds Cassandra’s glittering narrative shards into a searching, unforgettable story. It’s a considerable shift from the huge canvas of her previous work, and no less captivating.” –Publishers Weekly.
Namwali Setpell’s previous work includes a nonfiction book, Stranger Faces, that was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and her epic debut novel, The Old Drift, set in her original country of Zambia, received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, and the Los Angeles Times’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.
Isaac Fitzgerald is the New York Times bestselling author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts. He appears frequently on The Today Show and is also the author of the bestselling children’s book How to Be a Pirate as well as the co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (winner of an IACP Award). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Guardian, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and numerous other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.
This program is virtually hosted by Books & Books (Florida), and co-presented by Elliott Bay Book Company.