Hannah Tinti and Patrick Somerville
Tuesday October 9, 2012
We were happy to host Center for Fiction favorites' Hannah Tinti and Patrick Somerville at this event. Hannah read from her yet to be published second novel and Patrick read from his new novel This Bright River. Then the authors talked about guns, reviews, characters and more!
About This Bright River:
Somerville's sharply drawn new novel is an exploration of how the idealism and recklessnessof youth can reverberate throughout a lifetime - for better or worse. Ben Hanson arrives in his hometown after a few painful years which have culminated in an embarrassing
prison stint. Leaving behind his fractured life out west, he returns to St. Helens, Wisconsin to put his recently deceased uncle’s house on the market, but instead becomes consumed by the questions behind his cousin’s death a decade earlier: a dark spot in the family history that no one likes to talk about. Lauren Sheehan has come back to St. Helens as well: despite her early success as a talented doctor, now she works as an intern at the local veterinary clinic. In an attempt to recover from a marriage marred by
vicious betrayal, Lauren keeps her distance from people in town, including her old classmate Ben. When their paths cross, each might be exactly what the other needs - but will their past mistakes overshadow their chance at a future together? Written with subtle humor and fierce intelligence, This Bright River is a surprising and deeply satisfying story about love, violence,and redemption.
Patrick Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned his MFA from Cornell University. He is the author of the story collections Trouble and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, and the novel The Cradle. He lives with his wife and son in Chicago, where he teaches creative writing at Northwestern University.
Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. Hannah is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine, and received the 2009 PEN/Nora Magid award for excellence in editing. Recently, she joined the Public Radio program, Selected Shorts, as their Literary Commentator.