Cari Luna & Michael Cunningham
Tuesday October 15, 2013
Cari Luna will discuss her debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham.
About The Revolution of Every Day
In the mid-nineties, New York’s Lower East Side contained a city within its shadows: a community of squatters who staked their claims on abandoned tenements and lived and worked according to their own rules, accountable to no one but each other. With gritty prose and vivid descriptions, Cari Luna’s debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, imagines the lives of five squatters from that time. But even as city lawyers and private developers try to evict them, the rifts within their community prove to be the greater challenge. Amelia, taken in by Gerrit as a teen runaway seven years earlier, is now pregnant by his best friend, Steve. Anne, married to Steve, is questioning her commitment to the squatter lifestyle. And Cat, a fading legend of the downtown scene and unwitting leader of one of the squats, succumbs to the bad habits of her youth. The misunderstandings and secrets and the dissolution of the hope that originally bound these five threaten to destroy their homes as surely as the city’s battering rams.
Cari Luna received an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. Her debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, will be published by Tin House Books in October 2013. New York-born, she now lives in Portland, OR, with her husband, their two children, a cat, and four chickens.
Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), and Specimen Days. His latest novel is By Nightfall. He lives in New York.