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Tainted Love: Rebecca Dinerstein Knight & Raven Leilani with John Freeman

Tue, November 17 from 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm PST
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Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, Raven Leilani, and John Freeman

 

Obsession and lust, sex and death, preoccupy these sharp, wickedly funny novels about young women entangled in messy, obsessive relationships.

In Raven Leilani’s Luster, an instant bestseller, Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties: sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. She is also haltingly, fitfully giving heat and air to the art that simmers inside her. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage—with rules. Irresistibly unruly and strikingly beautiful, razor-sharp and slyly comic, sexually charged and utterly absorbing, Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life—her hunger, her anger—in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.

Rebecca Dinerstein Knight explodes and rebuilds the campus novel in Hex, a hypnotic novel about poison, antidotes, and love. Nell Barber, an expelled PhD candidate in biological science, is exploring the fine line between poison and antidote, working alone to set a speed record for the detoxification of poisonous plants. Her mentor, Dr. Joan Kallas, is the hero of Nell’s heart. Surrounded by Nell’s ex, her best friend, her best friend’s boyfriend, and Joan’s buffoonish husband, the two scientists are tangled together at the center of a web of illicit relationships, grudges, and obsessions. All six are burdened by desire and ambition, and as they collide on the university campus, their attractions set in motion a domino effect of affairs and heartbreak.

Moderated by John Freeman, editor of Freeman’s: Love.


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Rebecca Dinerstein Knight

Rebecca Dinerstein Knight is the author of the novel and screenplay The Sunlit Night, the collection of poems, Lofoten, and most recently Hex. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker online, among others. Born and raised in New York City, she lives in New Hampshire.

Purchase Hex from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Raven Leilani

Raven Leilani’s work has been published in GrantaThe Yale ReviewMcSweeney’s Quarterly ConcernConjunctionsThe Cut, and New England Review, among other publications. Leilani received her MFA from NYU and was an Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence. Luster is her first novel.

Purchase Luster from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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John Freeman

John Freeman is the editor of Freeman's, a literary annual published by Grove Press. He has written several books of nonfiction including, How to Read a Novelist and Dictionary of the Undoing, as well as two collections of poems, Maps and The Park. The former editor of Granta, he is now Artist-in-Residence at NYU and executive editor of The Literary Hub. Between 2014 and 2020, he edited a series of anthologies on inequality, concluding with Tales of Two Planets, which focuses on the climate crisis and global inequality. Freeman's work has been translated into more than 20 languages and appears in The New YorkerThe Paris Review, and Zyzzyva. He lives in London.

Purchase Freeman's: Love from Annie Bloom’s Books and TALES OF TWO PLANETS & THE PARK from Broadway Books.

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