With Jill Bialosky and A.M. Homes
October 28th | 6:30 PM
We are thrilled to announce best-selling authors Jill Bialosky and A.M. Homes in conversation about their newest novels, The Deceptions by Bialosky and The Unfolding by Homes. The two writers will read excerpts from their novels and interview each other on the works, their process, and careers. Canio’s Culture Café will provide copies of the authors books for sale. The evening with conclude with a book signing.
The Deceptions by Jill Bialosky is a page-turning and seductively told exploration of female sexuality and ambition as well as a human drama that dares to test the stories we tell ourselves. The story follows an unnamed narrator whose life is unraveling. Her only child has left home, and her twenty-year marriage is strained. She seeks answers to the paradoxes of love, desire, and parenthood among the Greek and Roman gods at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As secret betrayals and deceptions come to light and rage threatens to overwhelm her, the pantheon of gods assume remarkably vivid lives of their own, forcing her to choose between reality and myth in an effort to free herself from the patriarchal constraints of the past and embrace a new vision for her future. Bialosky has reached new and daring heights in her boldest work yet, a brilliant investigation of life caught between the dueling magnetic poles of privacy and its appropriation in art and literature.
The Unfolding by A.M. Homes is a darkly comic political story that is as much about the dynamics within a family as it is about the desire for those in power to remain in power. The story follows The Big Guy who loves his family, money, and country. Undone by the results of the 2008 presidential election, he taps a group of like-minded men to reclaim their version of the American Dream. As they build a scheme to disturb and disrupt, the Big Guy also faces turbulence within his family. His wife grieves a life not lived and his 18-year-old daughter begins to realize that her favorite subject–history–is not exactly what her father taught her. Homes presciently unpacks a dangerous rift in American identity, prompting a reconsideration of the definition of truth, freedom, and democracy– and exploring the explosive consequences of what happens when the same words mean such different things to people living together under the same roof.