Tracy O'Neill and Marie-Helene Bertino
Thursday June 4, 2015
"In her hypnotic debut, Tracy O'Neill has created an indelible character in Alivopro Doyle, a young woman trapped in an anguished tangle of identity and fierce ambition. Though Doyle fights to keep us at arm's length with crackling comebacks, we can't help but notice, and want to protect, her tender brokenness as she struggles to break free from a body that has failed her."
"In stunning prose, and with gripping emotional honesty, Tracy O'Neill's outstanding debut, The Hopeful, transports readers to the glittering, grueling, and violently ambitious world of competitive figure skating. Alivopro Doyle is a surprising and unforgettable young heroine, and the authenticity of her struggle to heal her physical and emotional scars after an injury destroys her flourishing career will have readers up all night turning pages and rooting for her redemptive recovery. Tracy O'Neill is a brilliant and bold new literary voice, and The Hopeful destined to be one of the most exciting debut novels of the year."
Marie-Helene Bertino was an Emerging Writer Fellow at NYC’s Center for Fiction and has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Hedgebrook. Her debut novel 2 A.M at the Cat's Pajamas, a Barnes & Noble Fall ’14 Discover Great New Writers pick, is an NPR Best Book of 2014, and a Best Book of the Year at Flavorwire, Buzzfeed, Popsugar, The Kansas City Star, and others. Her collection of short stories Safe As Houses received The 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award and has been long listed for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and The Story Prize.
This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.