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Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes The Diesel Readers back to the store to discuss Sparta by Roxana Robinson on Monday, September 22nd at 7pm.Conrad Farrell, an officer in the Marines, has just returned home after four years in Iraq. He wasn’t shot or wounded, and he hasn’t suffered psychological troubles. Still, civilian life is nothing like it should be. He finds it hard to reconnect with the people and places he loved. As his life becomes increasingly difficult to negotiate – unable to recover his past, unable to imagine his future, unable to stay in the present – Conrad begins to feel trapped, and fears that his growing rage will have irreparable consequences.
This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Location: Street: DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland Additional: 5433 College Ave City: Oakland, Province: California Postal Code: 94618-1502 Country: United States (tillagd från IndieBound)… (mer)
After four years in Iraq, can Conrad go home again? Neither wounded nor traumatized, Conrad nonetheless has trouble adjusting to civilian life with his family in Katonah, New York. As he finds himself inexplicably angry and alienated from both his past and his future, Robinson, author of the acclaimed novels Cost and This is My Daughter, paints a powerful picture of America’s complex relationship with its soldiers. Beer and wine will be available.
Street: 5015 Connecticut Ave NW City: Washington, Province: District Of Columbia Postal Code: 20008 Country: United States (tillagd från IndieBound)… (mer)
New York seen from close up and afar, by three great writers who were inextricably attached to the city. Henry James, a native New Yorker, left the city for extended periods of time, though the city haunts his work. Edith Wharton was one of the great chroniclers of New York society, high and low. Elizabeth Hardwick, a transplanted Kentuckian, cast her keen eye on the life of the city in the latter half of the twentieth century, when it established itself as the intellectual center of American life. Distinguished contemporary novelists and critics, Colm Tóibín (Brooklyn), Roxana Robinson (Cost), and Darryl Pinckney (High Cotton), who have edited the New York stories of, respectively, James, Wharton, and Hardwick, and the contemporary Catalan writer Quim Monzó, who set his novel in New York, consider the city and the stories it has inspired. Moderated by Edwin Frank, editorial director of NYRB Classics. This program is cosponsored by The Morgan Library & Museum and NYRB Classics. Tickets are $10-15. (palimpsestuous)… (mer)
"With passion, feeling and a keen eye for detail, Roxana Robinson brings chillingly to life a family and a family tragedy, showing us how--like a luminous yet ominous landscape--their tangible visible world can coincide with the invisible tumultuous world of their emotions." Lily Tuckauthor of The News from Paraguay
"[This book] is a gritty portrait of the havoc wreaked upon a family by one member's drug addiction. Roxana Robinson's vivid, sensuous prose moves effortlessly among relationships and points of view, evoking a brutal war between familial love--in its infinite power and mystery--and the mechanical devastations of pathology." Jennifer Egan author of The Keep
Roxana Robinson is the author of three earlier novels and three short-story collections, as well as a biography of Georgia Oâ€™Keeffe. Four of these were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, Best American Short Stories and Vogue, among others. She has received Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches at the New School in New York.