Credit: Genevieve Moller Photography
Michelle Adelman in conversation with Helene Wecker
Monday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
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Already racking up incredible blurbs from Karen Russell (author of Swamplandia!) and Helene Wecker (author of The Golem and the Jinni), among others, don't miss the 2016 debut of the season.
“Piece of Mind is such a beautiful debut, one that will indelibly imprint the reader with Lucy’s unique voice and vision. She channels the raw states of grief and joy and bewilderment with such a pure-hearted intensity. Her New York is a flickery frontier, exciting and scary, where she toggles between states of numbness and excruciating sensitivity. Michelle Adelman is so articulate about what we know and cannot say, what we can barely stand to know, and what we bravely face each day as individuals in families, together and alone.”―Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!
At twenty-seven, Lucy knows everything about coffee, comic books, and Gus (the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo), and she possesses a rare gift for drawing. But since she suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of three, she has had trouble relating to most people. She’s also uncommonly messy, woefully disorganized, and incapable of holding down a regular job. When unexpected circumstances force her out of the comfortable and protective Jewish home where she was raised and into a cramped studio apartment in New York City with her college-age younger brother, she must adapt to an entirely different life, one with no safety net. Over the course of a challenging summer, Lucy is forced to discover that she has more strengths than she herself knew.
Told with warmth and intelligence, Piece of Mind introduces one of the most endearing and heroic characters in contemporary fiction.
Helene Wecker grew up in suburban Chicago, and received her Bachelor’s in English from Carleton College in Minnesota. In 2007 she received her Master’s in Fiction from Columbia University. Her first novel, The Golem and the Jinni, was published by HarperCollins in 2013, and its sequel, The Iron Season, will appear in 2018.