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The Center for Fiction Presents Chantal V. Johnson on Post-traumatic with Torrey Peters

April 14, 2022

The Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow Chantal V. Johnson’s debut novel follows Vivian, a thirtysomething lawyer advocating for the mentally ill while managing the aftereffects of her bad childhood the only ways she knows how: through dieting, dating, dark humor, and friendship. After a challenging family reunion, Vivian makes a series of choices that will change her life. Post-traumatic is a darkly funny novel about survival, featuring a singular main character readers won’t soon forget.

Johnson joined author Torrey Peters (Detransition, Baby) for a lively discussion about the origins and themes of Post-traumatic, a novel that Elif Batuman calls “deeply original, socially important, [and] psychologically revelatory.”

Photos by Kelsie Lynn Bennett

In Conversation

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    Chantal V. Johnson

    Chantal V. Johnson

    Chantal V. Johnson is a tenant lawyer and writer. A graduate of Stanford Law School and a 2018 Emerging Writer Fellow at The Center for Fiction, she lives in New York.

    Photo Credit: Noah Barrow

  • Torrey Peters author photo (credit Natasha Gornik) - Claire Fennell

    Torrey Peters

    Torrey Peters

    Torrey Peters is the author of the novel Detransition, Baby, published by One World/Random House, which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She is also the authors of the novellas Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones and The Masker. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. Torrey rides a pink motorcycle and splits her time between Brooklyn and an off-grid cabin in Vermont.

    Photo Credit: Natasha Gornik