Abigail DeWitt (News of Our Loved Ones) and Ed Pavlic (Another Kind of Madness) will discuss their far-reaching fiction, featuring characters faced with global and personal turbulence.
Why should you attend?
“DeWitt is ambitious with her latest novel, told from several perspectives through time, ranging across France to America and back again. The lives of her characters intertwine in a widening maze of infidelity, loss and secrecy, as the war links generations together as much as it tears those bonds apart…. DeWitt’s strengths lie in keen emotional observation and the portrayal of her characters’ inner turmoil. She poetically illuminates her characters’ lives, weaving in and out like a knitting needle through wool.” —BookPage
“Another Kind of Madness is a full-bodied literary achievement bustling with sweat, regret, and sound. Pavlic guides his language and characters into holes, onto planes, and through doors I’ve never read or imagined. I am wonderfully devastated by the soul, scope, and execution of Another Kind of Madness and thoroughly inspired by this new kind of novel that is as at once wholly innovative and in deep conversation with so many Black American literary traditions.” —Kiese Laymon, author of How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
This event is part of the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book. A full schedule of events is available here.