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The Center for Fiction Presents Melissa Broder on Death Valley with Karah Preiss

October 4, 2023

We were thrilled to host a livestreamed conversation about Death Valley, the newest release from author Melissa Broder (Milk Fed, The Pisces). Broder brings her dark, existential humor to this thrillingly imaginative tale about a woman who has fled California—and her sorrows—for the desert. She enters into a mysterious opening in a large cactus while on a hike and embarks on an equally hilarious and poignant journey of self-reflection. Broder was joined by Karah Preiss, co-founder of Belletrist, for a conversation about the intersections of grief and humor, and utilizing imaginative, impossible elements to unlock human truth.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.

In Conversation

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    Melissa Broder

    Melissa Broder

    Melissa Broder is the author of the novels Milk Fed and The Pisces, the essay collection So Sad Today, and five poetry collections, including Superdoom. She has written for the New York Times,, and New York magazine’s the Cut. She lives in Los Angeles.

    Photo Credit: Ryan Pfluger

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    Karah Preiss

    Karah Preiss

    Karah Preiss is a creative producer living in New York City. She cofounded Belletrist book club with actress Emma Roberts, along with Belletrist Productions, a TV and film production company.