Chris Offutt (Country Dark) and Janet Peery (The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs) discuss their novels and how familial complications can lead to both tension and an unbreakable bond.
Why should you attend?
“Country Dark is grim and funny and touching. It’s a crime story, a novel of backwoods manners, and a family saga. It’s many things at once, all of them great. Masterful descriptions of the natural world bump up against scenes of shocking violence, and you’re left in awe, wondering how the hell Chris Offutt managed to pull this book off.” —Richard Lange, author of The Smack
“Janet Peery is a magnificent sentence-maker and a faithful reporter of the human condition…. It’s rare to find a book that so mercilessly, and beautifully, and honestly concerns itself with middle-aged life, with the tender, enduring, fraught relationships among aging siblings and their even more aged parents.” —Antonya Nelson, author of Talking in Bed
This event is part of the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book. A full schedule of events is available here.