Robert Coover: The Brunist Day of Wrath
Thursday March 27, 2014
Robert Coover read from and discussed his new novel, The Brunist Day of Wrath, sequel to the award-winning The Origin of the Brunists. He also read his New Yorker story "The Frog Prince." The event included a book signing and wine reception.
About The Brunist Day of Wrath (Dzanc Books)
West Condon, small-town USA, five years later: the Brunists are back, loonies and “cretins” aplenty in tow, wanting it all—sainthood and salvation, vanity and vacuity, God’s fury and a good laugh—for the end is at hand.
The Brunist Day of Wrath, the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning The Origin of the Brunists, is both a scathing indictment of fundamentalism and a careful examination of a world where religion competes with money, common sense, despair, and reason.
"In the beginning was the word, and it was written by Robert Coover."
— Ben Marcus
Robert Coover has published fourteen novels, three short story collections, and a collection of plays since winning The William Faulkner Foundation First Novel Award in 1966. At Brown University, where he taught for over thirty years, he established the International Writers Project, a program that provides an annual fellowship and safe haven to endangered international writers who face harassment, imprisonment, and suppression of their work in their home countries. Coover has also received awards from the Lannan Foundation, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment of the Arts, and the Rea Lifetime Short Story Award. Called a “one-man Big Bang of exploding creative force” by The New York Times, he has two books scheduled for publication by Dzanc Books in 2014.
"She finds a box by the curb. Someone must have dropped it. They are not poor, but they do not have all they want, so she takes it home and shows it to her husband, in the hope they might extract magical wealth from it. A new car maybe, a chest of gold doubloons, free movie tickets..." read more
— "The Box" by Robert Coover, in issue four of The Literarian