Upcoming Event

Molly McCloskey

presents

Straying:
A Novel

in conversation with HA JIN

This event includes a book signing

Date

Mar
2
Friday
March 2, 2018
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 award-winning Irish writer MOLLY McCLOSKEY for a discussion of her first novel to be published in the United States, Straying. She will be joined in conversation by award-winning poet and novelist HA JIN.

About Straying

From “an extravagantly gifted writer who deserves to be widely read” (Rachel Cusk), this intimate, quietly stunning novel tells the story of a young American expat who settles in Ireland in the late 1980s, marries, and lives through the consequences of an affair.

Alice, a young American, arrives in the West of Ireland with no plans and no strong attachments—except to her beloved mother, who raised her on her own. Alice falls in love with an Irishman, marries him, and settles down in a place whose customs she struggles to understand. In the course of a single hot summer, she embarks on an affair that breaks her marriage and sets her life on a new course.

Years later, after working in war zones around the world, and in the immediate aftermath of her mother’s death, Alice finds herself back in Ireland and contemplating the forces that led her to put down roots and then tear them up again. What drew her to her husband, and what pulled her away? Was her husband strangely complicit in the affair? Was she always under surveillance by friends and neighbors who knew more than they let on?

“Molly McCloskey is one of Ireland’s finest writers” (Colum McCann) and Straying is at once a gripping account of passion and ambivalence and an exquisite rumination on the things that matter most: the definition of love, the value of family, and the meaning of home.

Praise

"The tale of an idle transgression turns into a profound meditation on love in this ferociously well-written novel . . . McCloskey writes with shattering insight on loss, and the way that it can make us feel tender towards the world." —The Guardian

"McCloskey describes everything with a luminous exactitude . . . It’s entirely beguiling." —Irish Daily Mail

"Straying is a powerful and deeply affecting novel in which the psychology of love and the anatomy of adultery are forensically examined. In writing that sparkles with intelligence and insight the ordinary moments of everyday existence are charged with a beauty and tenderness that render them only just bearable. It is a profound reflection on love, loss, mortality and how certain people in our lives—lovers, mothers, friends—alter us, as we slowly, painfully, try to beget our better selves." —Mary Costello, author of Academy Street and The China Factory

Ha Jin
Ha Jin

Ha Jin

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of seven previous novels, four story collections, three volumes of poetry, and a book of essays. He has received the National Book Award, two PEN/Faulkner Awards, the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. In 2014 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ha Jin lives in the Boston area and is director of the creative writing program at Boston University.

Molly McCloskey
Molly McCloskey

Molly McCloskey

Molly McCloskey has served as writer-in-residence at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. In 2013, she held the Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and in 2015 served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She is the author of three works of fiction and the memoir Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost BrotherStraying is her first work of fiction to be published in the US. She is a citizen of both Ireland and the US, and she now lives in Washington, DC.

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