Idra Novey

marlene lopez

(Novey, Idra) Idra Novey is an award-winning poet and translator. Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in Chile, Brazil, and New York. The author of Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series, Novey’s poetry and fiction have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, and in Slate, StoryQuarterly, the Paris Review, and Guernica. She currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. The New York Times Book Review writes that Novey’s debut novel Ways to Disappear (Back Bay Books) is, “An elegant page-turner…. Charges forward with the momentum of a bullet.” Beatriz Yagoda was once one of Brazil’s most celebrated authors. At the age of sixty, she is mostly forgotten-until one summer afternoon when she enters a park in Rio de Janeiro, climbs into an almond tree, and disappears. When her devoted translator Emma hears the news in wintry Pittsburgh, she flies to the sticky heat of Rio. There she joins the author’s son and daughter to solve the mystery of Yagoda’s disappearance. What they discover is how much of her they never knew.