Benjamin Markovits

reads from

You Don't Have to Live Like This:
A Novel

This event includes a book signing

Date

Jul
15
Wednesday
July 15, 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 BENJAMIN MARKOVITS, author of six previous novels, for a reading from You Don't Have to Live Like This, a frighteningly prescient novel of today’s America—one man’s story of a racially charged real estate experiment in Detroit, Michigan.

“You get in the habit of living a certain kind of life, you keep going in a certain direction, but most of the pressure on you is just momentum. As soon as you stop the momentum goes away. It’s easier than people think to walk out on things, I mean things like cities, leases, relationships and jobs.”

Greg Marnier, Marny to his friends, leaves a job he doesn’t much like and moves to Detroit, Michigan in 2009, where an old friend has a big idea about real estate and the revitalization of a once great American city. Once there, he gets involved in a fist-fight between two of his friends, a racially charged trial, an act of vigilante justice, a love affair with a local high school teacher, and a game of three-on-three basketball with the President—not to mention the money-soaked real estate project itself, cut out of 600 acres of emaciated Detroit. Marny’s billionaire buddy from Yale, Robert James, calls his project “the Groupon model for gentrification,” others call it “New Jamestown,” and Marny calls it home—until Robert James asks him to leave. This is the story of what went wrong.

You Don’t Have to Live Like This is the breakout novel from the “fabulously real” (Guardian) voice of the only American included in Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Using the framework of our present reality, Benjamin Markovits blurs the line between the fictional and the fact-based, and captures an invisible current threaded throughout American politics, economics, and society that is waiting to explode.

Benjamin Markovits
Benjamin Markovits

Benjamin Markovits

Benjamin Markovits grew up in London, Oxford, Texas, and Berlin. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics—an experience he has written about in Playing Days, a fictional memoir forthcoming form HarperPerennial. He has taught high-school English, worked at a left-wing cultural magazine, written for such publications as The New York Times, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and The Paris Review, and published six novels, including a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron. Markovits has lived in London since 2000 and is married, with a daughter and a son.

Photo Credit: Caroline Maclean

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