[Zoom Event] Susan Conley in conversation with Kerri Arsenault
A truly beautiful and unforgettable love story of a family on the brink
Susan Conley and Kerri Arsenault will join us to discuss Conley's new novel, Landslide, a tale of a family coping with disaster on the coast of Maine.
This event is free to attend. Use this link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtf-6vqDwpGtHD6baZ86uFny0azurYAL7T
About the book:
After a terrible fishing accident leaves her husband, Kit, hospitalized in Canada, Jill is left to care for her two teenage sons—“the wolves”—alone in a small fishing community in Maine. But rather than bringing them closer together, the accident seems to drive this family apart: Jill’s sons throw themselves into Instagram, girlfriends, and garage bands; Jill begins to question Kit’s fidelity; tensions over money begin to mount; and past traumas start to surface. All as the Maine winter starts to settle in. From a distance—physical, emotional—Jill begins to wonder who are these men she loves? Who are these sons she raised? How much of them does she really know at all? Set against the backdrop of a small town trying to hold on to its roots, Landslide is about how much of ourselves we choose to reveal to those we love. And the painful, hopeful, surprising ways in which we learn to live with our family anew.
About the author:
Susan Conley is the author of three previous novels including Elsey Come Home, and a memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares. She's received multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, as well as from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She lives in Portland, Maine, where she's on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.
About Kerri Arsenault:
Kerri Arsenault is a book critic, book editor at Orion magazine, and a contributing editor at The Literary Hub. She is also a mentor for PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing Program. Her work has appeared in Freeman’s, the Boston Globe, Down East, the Paris Review Daily, the New York Review of Books, and Air Mail. Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains is her first book.
A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR’S PICK • A TODAY SUMMER READING LIST PICK
Finalist for the 2020 National Book Critics John Leonard Prize for Best First Book
One of O Magazine's Best Books of Fall 2020
“A powerful, blistering, devastating book. Kerri Arsenault is both a graceful writer and a grieving daughter in search of answers and ultimately, justice.” —Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance