VIRTUAL: David James Poissant and Mark Polanzak

Join us for a great conversation between David James Poissant and Mark Polanzak as they discuss their new books! This event will be held on Zoom. Register here.

About Lake Life:

The Starling family is scattered across the country. Parents Richard and Lisa live in Ithaca, New York, and work at Cornell University. Their son Michael, a salesperson, lives in Dallas with his elementary school teacher wife, Diane. Michael’s brother, Thad, an aspiring poet, makes his home in New York City with his famous painter boyfriend, Jake. For years they’ve traveled to North Carolina to share a summer vacation at the family lake house.

That tradition is coming to an end, as Richard and Lisa have decided to sell the treasured summer home and retire to Florida. Before they do, the family will spend one last weekend at the lake. But what should to be a joyous farewell takes a nightmarish turn when the family witnesses a tragedy that triggers a series of dramatic revelations among the Starlings—alcoholism, infidelity, pregnancy, and a secret the parents have kept from their sons for over thirty years. As the weekend unfolds, relationships fray, bonds are tested, and the Starlings are forced to reckon with who they are and what they want from this life.

Set in today’s America, Lake Life is a beautifully rendered, emotionally compelling novel in the tradition of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, and Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth.

David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals, named one of Amazon’s Best Short Story Collections of 2014 and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, One Story, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. A recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Tin House writers’ conferences, he teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters. Lake Life is his first novel.

 

About The OK End of Funny Town: 

A fastidious pet robot with a knack for knitting. A soporific giant pitching camp in the middle of a city. A mysterious mime whose upcoming performance has the whole town on edge.

The stories in Mark Polanzak's BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning The OK End of Funny Town stitch fantastic situations into the drab fabric of everyday life. Polanzak delights in stretching every boundary he encounters, from the new focus on practical learning at the New Community School, to the ever-changing tastes of diners in search of the next big trend in local cuisine.

Wondrous yet familiar, The OK End of Funny Town excavates the layers between our collective obsession with passing fads and our secret yearning for lasting connection.

"Polanzak's collection is rich and packed with visionary tales that are sure to entertain speculative fiction readers." --Booklist

Mark Polanzak is the author of the hybrid work POP! (Stillhouse Press) and the story collection, The OK End of Funny Town (BOA Editions). His fiction has appeared in The Southern ReviewThe American Scholar, and anthologized in Best American Nonrequired Reading. Mark is a founding editor for draft: the journal of process and teaches writing and literature at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Salem, MA

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

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The Ok End of Funny Town (American Reader #34) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781950774050
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: BOA Editions - May 5th, 2020

Winner of the BOA Short Fiction Prize
One of BuzzFeed's Fifteen Small Press Books To Kick Off Your 2020 Reading Season

A fastidious pet robot with a knack for knitting. A soporific giant pitching camp in the middle of a city. A mysterious mime whose upcoming performance has the whole town on edge.


Lake Life: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476729992
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

From the award-winning author of the acclaimed story collection The Heaven of Animals, called “a wise debut…beautiful [stories] with a rogue touch” (The New York Times Book Review), comes a sweeping, domestic novel about a family that reunites at their North Carolina lake house for one last vacation before the home is sold—and the long-buried secrets that


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