Kim Triedman

reads from

The Other Room:
A Novel

This event includes a book signing

Date

Oct
21
Monday
October 21, 2013
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 is pleased to welcome novelist and poet KIM TRIEDMAN for a reading of her latest novel, The Other Room

Three years after the sudden, mysterious death of their one-year-old daughter Lily, Josef Coleman, a high-strung New York surgeon, and his editor wife Claudia MacInnes remain mired in anguish and grief. Their mourning has left them reaching out for different things in different ways: Josef for a primal, physical connection that Claudia can no longer bear, and Claudia for a connection of the soul that Josef has never really known how to offer. To numb his pain and attempt to fill the gaping hole of loss, Josef turns to a young surgical nurse named Kiera; Claudia, meanwhile, is drawn into what seems like an unrequited fantasy about her psychotherapist, Stuart. The time she spends in his office — this “other room” where she can allow herself to project into the future — becomes a rare bright spot in her weeks.

The couple’s extended families soon become implicated in the unraveling of their lives. Bit by bit, haunting pasts and their impact on the present are revealed, as is the chilling truth about Lily’s death. Interwoven with Claudia’s meticulous journal entries offering glimpses of a sunnier future, the story ultimately takes a surprising turn, reaffirming that in tragedy’s wake lie redemption, reckoning and peace.

“…Through her sparse prose Triedman conveys a sense of inexorable emptiness that accompanies great loss.” Publisher’s Weekly

Kim Triedman
Kim Triedman

Kim Triedman

Kim Triedman is both an award-winning poet and a novelist. Her debut novel,The Other Room, and two full-length poetry collections, Plum(b) andHadestown, release in 2013. The Other Room was one of four finalists for the 2008 James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and Kim’s poetry has garnered many awards, including the 2008 Main Street Rag Chapbook Award and the 2010 Ibbetson Street Poetry Award. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals including Prairie Schooner, Salamander, and Poetry International. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kim co-organized and co-chaired a collaborative poetry reading at Harvard University to benefit Partners in Health and the people of Haiti. The reading was featured on NPR’s Here and Now with Robin Young and led to the publication of a Poets for Haitianthology, which Kim developed and edited. A graduate of Brown University, Kim lives in the Boston area.

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