Tracy O'Neill and Marie-Helene Bertino

Thursday June 4, 2015
07:00 pm

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This event featured former Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellows Tracy O'Neill and Marie-Helene Bertino in discussion as we celebrated the publication of Tracy's new novel, The Hopeful.

About The Hopeful
The dark side of ambition threatens to stamp out a young woman's freedom—and sanity—as she races against her own body in Tracy O'Neill's debut novel The Hopeful. A story about obsession, individuality, and growing up, it is set against the dramatic backdrop of the weird, glittering world of figure skating. 

Early Praise:
"The Hopeful is a fine debut, smartly exploring the costs of obsession and trauma, the wages of daring to chase your boldest dreams. Tracy O’Neill’s gift for precise and surprising detail reveals her page after page to be a smart and compelling storyteller, whose gripping first novel is sure to thrill readers."
- Matt Bell, author of 
In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and Woods

"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." 
- Karolina Waclawiak, author of
 How to Get Into the Twin Palms 

"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."
- Julia Fierro, author of
 Cutting Teeth: A Novel 
Tracy O'Neill is the author of the novel The Hopeful, which will be published in June 2015. Her first short story was published in The Literarian, and in 2012, she was awarded the Center for Fiction's NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship. Tracy's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Guernica, Grantland, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, as well as online for The Atlantic, Bookforum, and Rolling Stone


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.