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The Center for Fiction Presents Garth Greenwell on Small Rain

Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT September 3, 2024

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

The Center for Fiction is thrilled to welcome Garth Greenwell, the award-winning author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You, to celebrate his latest book, Small Rain, a searching, sweeping novel set at the furthest edges of human experience.

Small Rain opens with a medical crisis that plunges one poet into the dysfunctional American healthcare system and close to death. Confined to bed and accustomed to living primarily in his mind, he struggles to understand what is happening to his body. Time expands and contracts. Sudden intimacies bloom. The forces that give life value—art, memory, poetry, music, care—are thrown into sharp relief. Small Rain surges beyond the physical limits of our immediate spaces to encompass a radiant vision of human life: One that acknowledges our shared vulnerability, the limits and possibilities of sympathy, the ideal of art, and the fragile dream of America. Above all, this is a love story of the most unexpected kind.

Join Greenwell as he reads excerpts from his novel and discusses some of life’s most intimate and overwhelming mysteries: illness, art-making, and love. A book signing will follow the event.



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    Garth Greenwell

    Garth Greenwell

    Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second book of fiction, Cleanness, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, the L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize, and France’s Prix Sade (Deuxième sélection). His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE, and he has written nonfiction for the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and Harper’s, among others. Greenwell currently lives in New York, where he is a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at NYU.

    Photo Credit: Max Freeman