ANGELA PNEUMAN / Lay It on My Heart / A New Voices, New Stories Evening

Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 PM

 

 

 

Family past and present looms large in tiny East Winder, a rigidly evangelical, rural Kentucky community. As her prophet father grapples with sanity, sending the family into financial despair, thirteen-year-old Charmaine Peake must navigate an increasingly complicated Peake legacy. Her grandfather was a famous preacher, her grandmother a powerful one-time debutante in physical decline. Her mother, thrown into a marital crisis she deeply resents, turns to Charmaine for impossible answers.

In this piercing debut, identity is at stake for everyone. While her father loses all sense of himself and her mother bitterly discovers the self she has buried, Charmaine must set about forging the person she will become. LAY IT ON MY HEART takes a hard look at family and faith, the pathos and claustrophobia of the mother-daughter bond, the strangeness and comfort of female friendship, the menace and wonder of encroaching sexuality, and the profound loss of home—that highest price of perspective.

“At stake in this must-read novel is the sanity of a modern-day prophet, the state of his God-ordained marriage, and, most of all, the painful coming-of-age of his daughter—our wise, perceptive narrator—in the evangelical territory of the rural South. Angela Pneuman brings searing psychological insight to the conflicts that draw people to extreme faith, keep them there, or force them to emerge—dazed, blinking and giving thanks. A profoundly moving, deeply compassionate, wickedly funny book.” -- Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son

Angela Pneuman teaches fiction writing at Stanford and works as a copywriter in the California wine industry. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories (2012 & 2004), Ploughshares, Los Angeles Review, Iowa Review, Glimmertrain and many other literary magazines -- and were collected in her first book, Home Remedies. Angela was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, a Presidential Fellow at SUNY Albany, and the recipient of the first inaugural Alice Hoffman Prize for short fiction from Ploughshares. Pneuman grew up in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, and now divides her time between Chicago and San Francisco.

 

 

Lay It on My Heart (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780151012589
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Published: Mariner Books, 7/2014

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SEAN MICHAELS / Us Conductors / with theraminist MEREDITH YAYANOS /A New Voices, New Stories Evening

Monday, July 28 at 7:30 PM

 

 

 

"Us Conductors stretches its arms to encompass nearly everything—it is an immigrant tale, an epic, a spy intrigue, a prison confession, an inventor's manual, a creation myth, and an obituary—but the electric current humming through its heart is an achingly resonant love story. Sean Michaels orchestrates his first novel like a virtuoso."

-- Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

 

Locked in a cabin aboard a ship bearing him back to Russia and away from the love of his life, Lev Sergeyvich Termen begins to type his story: a tale of electricity, romance and the invention of the world’s strangest instrument, the theremin. He recollects his early years as a scientist forging breakthroughs during the Bolshevik Revolution and his decade as a Manhattan celebrity and reluctant Soviet spy. Against the backdrop of Prohibition and the 1929 Crash, Termen spends his days in his workshop, devising inventions, and his nights in Harlem clubs, jostling with famous bandleaders and falling in love with the young violinist Clara Reisenberg. When the boat reaches his homeland, Termen finds it is not the Russia he remembers. He is imprisoned in the Gulag system, sent first to a Siberian work camp and then to a secret laboratory. In the face of all this, his love for Clara remains constant, passing through the ether like the theremin’s song.

Steeped in beauty, wonder, and looping heartbreak, Sean Michaels’s debut novel explores the lies we tell, the truths we imagine, and the lengths we go to survive.

Sean Michaels is a writer and music critic. A two-time National Magazine Award winner, his work has been published by the GuardianMcSweeney's, The Walrus, Brick, Pitchfork, The Believer, and many others. In 2003, he founded the music-blog Said the Gramophone. He lives in Montreal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This evening's special guest is MEREDITH YAYANOS,aka Theremina, who began her torrid love affair with a Moog Etherwave® in 1996 after watching the remarkable documentary Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey. "Taking up this beautiful instrument has proven to be one the most rewarding and challenging decisions I'll ever make." She has also been playing violin and singing for as long as she can remember. She, along with multi-instrumentalist Dan Cantrell, recently released a full-length album of "haunted chamber music" as The Parlour Trick. Yayanos' quintet AEAEA (with Jarboe, Kris Force, Anni Hogan, and Zoe Keating) just put out a record last month. Yayanos is currently working on a dark ambient EP, to be released under her Theremina moniker. Yayanos is also the co-founder and Editor in Chief of Coilhouse Magazine + Blog: A Love Letter to Alternative Culture.

 

 

 

 

Us Conductors (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781935639817
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books, 6/2014

Location: 
Street:
1644 Haight St.
City:
San Francisco
,
Province:
California
Postal Code:
94117-2816
Country:
United States
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