Kate Walbert

reads from

The Sunken Cathedral:
A Novel

in conversation with LEAH HAGER COHEN

This event includes a book signing

Date

Jun
17
Wednesday
June 17, 2015
7:00 PM

Location

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

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes KATE WALBERT, National Book Award nominee and author of A Short History of Women, and acclaimed novelist LEAH HAGER COHEN for a discussion of Walbert's latest novel, The Sunken Cathedral, a story that follows a cast of characters as they negotiate one of Manhattan’s swiftly changing neighborhoods, extreme weather, and the unease of twenty-first-century life.

Marie and Simone, friends for decades, were once immigrants to the city, survivors of World War II in Europe. Now widows living alone in Chelsea, they remain robust, engaged, and adventurous, even as the vistas from their past interrupt their present. Helen is an art historian who takes a painting class with Marie and Simone. Sid Morris, their instructor, presides over a dusty studio in a tenement slated for condo conversion; he awakes the interest of both Simone and Marie. Elizabeth is Marie’s upstairs tenant, a woman convinced that others have a secret way of being, a confidence and certainty she lacks. She is increasingly unmoored—baffled by her teenage son, her husband, and the roles she is meant to play.

In a chorus of voices, Kate Walbert, a “wickedly smart, gorgeous writer” (The New York Times Book Review), explores the growing disconnect between the world of action her characters inhabit and the longings, desires, and doubts they experience. Interweaving long narrative footnotes, Walbert paints portraits of marriage, of friendship, and of love in its many facets, always limning the inner life, the place of deepest yearning and anxiety. The Sunken Cathedral is a stunningly beautiful, profoundly wise novel about the way we live now.

Kate Walbert
Kate Walbert

Kate Walbert

Kate Walbert is the author of the novels A Short History of Women, named a top ten best book by The New York Times Book Review and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book PrizeOur Kind, nominated for the National Book Award; and The Gardens of Kyoto, winner of the Connecticut Book Award. Walbert’s stories have been published in The New YorkerThe Paris Review, and the O. Henry Awards, and have twice been included in The Best American Short Stories.

Photo Credit: Gasper Tringale

Leah Hager Cohen
Leah Hager Cohen

Leah Hager Cohen

Leah Hager Cohen is the author of five works of nonfiction and five novels, most recently is the author of five works of nonfiction and five novels, most recently No Book but the World. The film of her novel The Grief of Others had its international premiere last month at Cannes. She has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and is the Barrett Professor of Creative Writing at the College of the Holy Cross.

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