First Novels: Salesses and Kleeman

FRI, AUG 21, 2015 (23:21)

In his debut novel, The Hundred Year Flood, Matthew Salesses weaves together the tangled threads of identity, love, growing up, and relationships in a dreamlike tale of twenty-two-year-old Tee as he escapes to Prague in the wake of his uncle’s suicide and the aftermath of 9/11. In the shadow of a looming flood that comes every one hundred years, Tee contemplates his own place in life as both mixed and adopted and as an American in a strange land full of heroes, myths, and ghosts.

In her first novel, Alexander Kleeman weaves a story of coping with body image inside a tale that serves as a missing-person mystery, an exorcism of modern culture, and a wholly singular vision of contemporary womanhood from a terrifying and often funny voice of a new generation.

+ BIO: Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman has written for publications including the Paris Review, Zoetrope, Guernica, Tin House, and n+1. She received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has received grants and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is currently completing a PhD in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. She lives in New York City.

Book: You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

+ BIO: Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea at age two. He has written about adoption, race, and parenting for NPR’s Code Switch, The New York Times Motherlode blog and many others. His latest book, The Hundred-Year Flood, is set for release in September 2015 and tells the story of twenty-two-year-old Tee as he escapes to Prague in the wake of his uncle’s suicide and the aftermath of 9/11. His other books include I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying and The Last Repatriate.

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