Stories real and imagined about finding your place in the world after immense loss. Zulema Renee Summerfield’s debut novel Every Other Weekend introduces Nenny, an eight-year-old girl whose anxieties magnify after her parents divorce when tragedy comes unexpectedly, and she sees the ways that families can both fracture and reform. Willy Vlautin’s new novel, Don’t Skip Out on Me, is the story of a young man’s search for belonging and an exploration of identity and loneliness in the American West. And poet Anis Mojgani explores what we do with grief and the many kinds of sorrow in surreal, vulnerable yet frank language in his collection In the Pockets of Small Gods. Moderated by Scott Hutchins, A Working Theory of Love.
Note: Terese Marie Mailhot was previously scheduled to appear in this panel, but unfortunately had to cancel her festival appearance.