Heartbreaking (& Heartbreakingly Good) Fiction

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Thu. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


Jane Alison (Nine Island), Michael Knight (Eveningland), and Laurie Stone (My Life as an Animal) share their newest work, sophisticated stories of lives caught in a particular time and place.

Why should you attend?

Nine Island is a crackling incantation, brittle and brilliant and hot and sad and full of sideways humor that devastates and illuminates all at once.” —Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

“Michael Knight is a supremely gifted writer and his latest collection— Eveningland— offers rich and lasting proof of this on every page. I am in awe of how skillfully he manages tension and suspense on the page—a slow burning flame that might explode or not, might manifest as tragedy in the physical world or simply the painful collapse of a human heart. There is humor and grief and an aching sense of longing that is nearly impossible to catch and put on the page. But Michael Knight does it and not only that, he does it beautifully.”—Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life

“‘Upsetting the balance of the universe is a job description I would have liked,’ remarks the narrator in one of Stone’s stories. The same can be said of Stone, with her acute and kinetic prose. Heartbreak, comedy, exuberance and nuance: they’re all here and they’re pure pleasure.” —Margo Jefferson, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Negroland: a Memoir