Nell Freudenberger with Claire Dederer
Every one of Nell Freudenberger’s books to date have met with high critical praise, and the love of readers. Her debut book of stories, Lucky Girls, followed by The Newlyweds and The Dissident, now have her newest, Lost and Wanted (Knopf) in their company. She’ll be joined in conversation by esteemed Seattle-area writer Claire Dederer, author most recently of Love and Trouble.
“Lost and Wanted is a new kind of mystery novel, written with an artist’s rigor and a scientist’s intuition. Nell Freudenberger shines her light into the farthest reaches of the universe, and also into the whirring spaces between parents and children, lost loves, and best friends. A beautiful book.” —Karen Russell.
“Beautiful, startling, affecting . . . In her novel about a quantum physicist whose best friend from college has recently died, Freudenberger joins [an] august tradition of yoking poetry to cutting-edge science. She navigates complicated concepts from physics with admirable clarity. This is a novel about female friendship begun in America in the 1990s, when women didn’t talk about sexual harassment and friends didn’t talk about race; when women (and especially women of color) were trying to build careers and no one was acknowledging how much harder it would be for them than for white men. Under such strain, the book seems to say, it’s incredible that women sustain any friendships at all. And yet in this novel, even the distance between Charlie and Helen is moving: the space that opens between them reverberates with what might have been. I was moved by intimacies near and far, real and imagined, lost and found.” —Louisa Hall, The New York Times Book Review.