Hannah Tennant-Moore

reads from

Wreck and Order:
A Novel

in conversation with JAMES WOOD

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
24
Wednesday
February 24, 2016
8:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and GrubStreet welcome HANNAH TENNANT-MOORE and Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University JAMES WOOD for a discussion of Tennant-Moore's debut novel, Wreck and Order, a boldly candid, raw portrait of a young woman's search for meaning and purpose in an indifferent world. 

About Wreck and Order

Decisively aimless, self-destructive, and impulsively in and out of love, Elsie is a young woman who feels stuck. She has a tumultuous relationship with an abusive boyfriend, a dead-end job at a newspaper, and a sharp intelligence that’s constantly at odds with her many bad decisions. When her initial attempts to improve her life go awry, Elsie decides that a dramatic change is the only solution.

An auto-didact who prefers the education of travel to college, Elsie uses an inheritance to support her as she travels to Paris and Sri Lanka, hoping to accumulate experiences, create connections, and discover a new way to live. Along the way, she meets men and women who challenge and provoke her towards the change she genuinely hopes to find. But in the end, she must still come face-to-face with herself.

Whole-hearted, fiercely honest and inexorably human, Wreck and Order is a stirring debut that, in mirroring one young woman's dizzying quest for answers, illuminates the important questions that drive us all.

Praise

"Strong and vulnerable, wise and reckless, a young woman made happy by the right and wrong things—Elsie Shore takes self-discovery to a new level in this very smart, highly quotable novel.  'I was there to lose control, to be surprised by another person'; she is all nerve and courage, from California to Sri Lanka, with a dangerous flaw—when men hurt her she returns to the source of pain for relief from the pain.  I alternately feared for and applauded the darkly funny young woman at the center of this stunning debut." —Amy Hempel

"Elsie, the protagonist of Wreck and Order, is simultaneously in search of and in flight from her nature—sexually, spiritually, and emotionally. In this raw and compelling debut, Hannah Tennant-Moore has created a woman savagely at odds with herself: a heroine who’s anything but, for these strange times." —Claire Messud

Hannah Tennant-Moore
Hannah Tennant-Moore

Hannah Tennant-Moore

Hannah Tennant-Moore's work has appeared in the New York TimesThe New Republicn+1Tin HouseSalonThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and has twice been included in Best Buddhist Writing. She lives in the Hudson Valley.

Photo Credit: Wyatt Mason

James Wood
James Wood

James Wood

James Wood is a staff writer and book critic at The New Yorker and the recipient of a National Magazine Award in criticism. He is the author of How Fiction Works, as well as two essay collections, The Broken Estate and The Irresponsible Self, and two novels, The Book Against God and Upstate. He is a professor of the practice of literary criticism at Harvard University.

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Event Series: New Voices in Fiction

Harvard Book Store's New Voices in Fiction series, presented with GrubStreet, highlights debut novelists discussing their work and the writing process.

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