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  • Beep: A Novel

    by Bill Roorbach
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    Beep: A Novel

Bill Roorbach at Harvard Book Store


Beep: A Novel


August 7, 2024
7:00 PM ET


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


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes BILL ROORBACH—award-winning and bestselling author of Writing Life Stories, Lucky Turtle, and The Remedy for Love—for a discussion of his new novel Beep.

About Beep

In this immensely enjoyable and wise novel, it takes a sweet and personable squirrel monkey, Beep, to help us see the world we live in more clearly. While intending only to go deeper and higher into the Costa Rican rain forest to find a mate, he instead meets Inga, a kindly American tween on vacation with her family. Inadvertently, Beep travels to Manhattan with Inga. With her devoted help—and a bit of inspiration from a visiting Greta Thunberg, along with a dramatic zoo liberation—Beep manages to change the destiny of the world. He even finds his monkey love. Along the way, a vast cast of engaging and perceptive animals have a great deal to say about humanity and the divisions among us, our alien cities, our strange practices, our folly, as well as our beauty, and our promise, unfulfilled.

For fans of Shelby Van Pelt’s Remarkably Bright Creatures and Dave Eggers’s The Eyes and the Impossible, Beep is full of humor, inspiration, and remarkable new ways of understanding how we live. Urgent but never earnest in the face of the increasing threats to our planet, Beep the monkey inspires us all to stop being the problem and start being the solution, loving and laughing all the way.

Praise for Beep

"Beep is a wonder, both monkey and novel, our hero's curious, questing soul, the ebullient brilliance of Roorbach’s prose. Wildly beautiful, funny, moving, entrancing, and hopeful, this is a story for our times, a ray of warm and generous light, a stern warning, a triumph of storytelling." —Kate Christensen, author of Welcome Home, Stranger

"With a lexicon worthy of Anthony Burgess, our small but mighty hero is quick to recognize the perils facing our fragile world. But Beep is a love story most of all, told with the poetry of a pure heart." —Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Dog of the North

"Beep is a work of glorious strangeness, invention, and hope. In this, Bill Roorbach's most original book yet, his simian hero makes monkeys of us all." —Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She’s Not There and co-author of Mad Honey

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Bill Roorbach
Bill Roorbach

Bill Roorbach

Bill Roorbach is the author of ten books, including the Montana Award-winning Lucky Turtle, The Girl of the Lake, the Kirkus Prize finalist The Remedy for Love, the bestselling Life Among Giants, and the Flannery O’Connor Award–winning collection Big Bend. Roorbach has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His craft book, Writing Life Stories, has been in print for over twenty-five years. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic,The New York Times Book Review, Ploughshares, Granta, Ecotone, New York Magazine, The American Scholar, and other publications. He lives in Maine with his family.

Photo Credit: Lauryn Sophia

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