Please join us as we host Adam Braver, acclaimed author of The Disappeared (Outpost19) on November 16 at 7:00 for our VERY FIRST in-store author event! Adam will be in conversation with South Park’s own Amy Wallen.
A novel of two strangers swept up in the aftermath of two politicized acts of violence. The Disappeared traces a pair of survivors: a woman whose husband is missing in a San Bernardino-type of attack, and a man who believes his sister was an unidentified victim of the ’93 World Trade Center bombing. With a remarkable mix of nuance and momentum, Braver portrays their post-trauma experience in the face of relentless public feedback.
“Rich and humane, a tightly controlled, beautifully orchestrated portrait of contemporary terrors and the feedback loops of fear and paranoia they create that mesmerize us and, tragically, sometimes drive us mad.” -Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers
“Braver is a terrific writer, an observer of the most acute details” -Los Angeles Times
Adam Braver: is the author of Mr. Lincoln’s Wars, Divine Sarah, Crows Over the Wheatfield, November 22, 1963, and Misfit. His books have been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers program, Border’s Original Voices series, the IndieNext list, and twice for the Book Sense list. His work has appeared in journals such as Daedalus, Ontario Review, Cimarron Review, Water-Stone Review, Harvard Review, Tin House, West Branch,The Normal School, and Post Road. Braver also edits the Broken Silence Series for the University of New Orleans Press, a book series that tells the firsthand accounts of political dissidents. He is on faculty and author-in-residence at Roger Williams University, and teaches at the NY State Summer Writers Institute. He lives in Rhode Island.
Amy Wallen: lives right here in South Park, San Diego. Her first novel MoonPies & Movie Stars was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Her next book, When We Were Ghouls is set to be published in Spring 2018. Her essays have been published in The Gettysburg Review, The Normal School, Country Living and other national magazines and anthologies.
Plus – since this is the Book Catapult blog after all, I offer you my humble opinion – I loved The Disappeared, which is how this whole thing has come together. The intense obsession of Edgar, who is convinced that his sister is alive and didn’t die in the Trade Center attack is crazy-making. Which I love. And Lucy’s story – which sadly could really be pulled from today’s headlines – resonates uncomfortably as the Presidential administration tries to force her into becoming the model of what a survivor looks like. A fantastic novel of grief and how survivors cope in the wake of monumental tragedy. Fully Catapult Approved. -sm