Tuesday Aug 04, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
THE POWERHOUSE ARENA [Dumbo]
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Infinite Home is the story of Edith, a widowed landlady who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of people, all deeply in need of shelter. Crippled in various ways—in spirit, in mind, in body, in heart—the renters must band together to protect Edith and their home.
About Infinite Home:
“Vibrant, inventive, expansive. Kathleen Alcott has peered through the walls of an everyday apartment building and transformed the private lives of its tenants into pure poetry. Infinite Home is as much a story of those neighbors we may only know in passing, as it is a commentary on the beauty and misfortune of our modern age.” —Said Sayrafiezadeh, author of Brief Encounters with the Enemy
Kathleen Alcott is a magnificently gifted literary star on the rise. Her first novel The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets received incredible acclaim and established her as a writer to watch. The Boston Globe heralded her as “a skilled storyteller,” and the Wall Street Journal called it “A beautiful story of love and heartbreak… [a] joyously good first novel.” And so it is a thrill to send you her highly anticipated new novel Infinite Home. Bookslut wrote of her debut that “With language as sharp and rich as the story, Alcott probes the ties that bind us,” and in this moving story, Alcott fixes her keen eye and bewitching prose onto just that: home, family, and what it means to take care of the people around you.
Infinite Home is the story of Edith, the widowed landlady of a Brooklyn brownstone, and her tenants, an unlikely group of eccentric misfits who have found in Edith and her building what the rest of the world has withheld: family, security, and a safe haven. But when Edith’s mind begins to go and her estranged, nefarious son arrives on the scene, they are faced with the threat of eviction and must seek solace and strength in each other and in the outside world in order to protect Edith and preserve the home they have built. Alcott’s nuanced understanding of love and human connection is on full display in the story of these unforgettable characters and their relationships with one another. It is a story about the resiliency of the human spirit and the vast capacity of the human heart: to trust, to forgive, and to endure.
About the Author and Moderator:
Kathleen Alcott is the author of the novel The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets. Her fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, ZYZZYVA, The Coffin Factory, The Believer, and elsewhere, and her short story “Saturation” was listed as notable by The Best American Short Stories of 2014. Born in 1988 in Northern California, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Valeria Luiselli is a novelist and non-fiction writer. She is the author of Sidewalks, The Story of My Teeth, and the internationally acclaimed novel Faces in the Crowd. Luiselli’s short fiction and non-fiction pieces have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Granta and McSweeney’s. Her work has been translated to multiple languages.
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