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New Fiction: A Reading
Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 9:00 am
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States
In award-winning writer Jesse Ball’s fifth novel, A Cure for Suicide—a Longlist selection for a 2015 National Book Award in Fiction—a woman “examiner” and a man, her “claimant,” move into a small house where the examiner teaches the claimant the most simple functions and monitors his progress, until an encounter at a party raises doubts about everything he has learned. In Joshua Cohen’s debut, Book of Numbers: A Novel, the billionaire founder of the world’s most powerful tech company hires a failed novelist, to ghostwrite his memoirs, and then reveals the life-or-death stakes surrounding its publication. In The Beautiful Bureaucrat: A Novel by Helen Phillips, a young wife’s new job pits her against the unfeeling machinations of the universe. In Vendela Vida’s latest novel, The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, a woman on business in Morocco is robbed of her identification and possessions, and feels liberated to explore other identities.