In Conversation: Sheila Kohler & Edmund White
Wednesday June 29, 2011
Center for Fiction favorites Sheila Kohler and Edmund White come together to discuss Kohler's new novel, Love Child. The novel follows Bill, a dynamic and beautiful young woman, who elopes with a Jewish employee of her father's in 1925. On the brink of being disowned Bill is made to bear the consequences of her marriage by her overbearing aunts. Ten years later Bill becomes a "nurse-companion" for a rich couple and quickly finds herself entwined in their marriage, and dazzled by their wealth. Love Child is a story of power and priviledge and the painful descisions that we have to make when we look into the space between our dreams and reality.
Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has won two O.Henry Prizes, an Open Fiction Award, and a Willa Cather Prize. Her novel Cracks was nominated for the Impac Award and made into a movie starring Eva Green. She currently teaches at Bennington College and Princeton University and lives in New York City. This is Kohler’s eleventh work of fiction
Edmund White is the author of many books, including the autobiographical novel A Boy’s Own Story; a biography of poet Arthur Rimbaud; a previous memoir, My Lives, and most recently, City Boy, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. White lives in New York City and teaches writing at Princeton University.