Lydia Millet at Harvard Book Store
in converation with JOSHUA GLENN
October 18, 2022
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 award-winning author and Pulitzer Prize finalist LYDIA MILLET for a discussion of her new novel Dinosaurs. She will be joined in conversation by JOSHUA GLENN, consulting semiotician and coauthor of The Adventurer’s Glossary, Unbored, and Lost Objects.
A Return to In-Person Events
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Over twelve novels and two collections Lydia Millet has emerged as a major American novelist. Hailed as "a writer without limits" (Karen Russell) and "a stone-cold genius" (Jenny Offill), Millet makes fiction that vividly evokes the ties between people and other animals and the crisis of extinction.
Her exquisite new novel is the story of a man named Gil who walks from New York to Arizona to recover from a failed love. After he arrives, new neighbors move into the glass-walled house next door and his life begins to mesh with theirs. In this warmly textured, drily funny, and philosophical account of Gil’s unexpected devotion to the family, Millet explores the uncanny territory where the self ends and community begins―what one person can do in a world beset by emergencies.
Dinosaurs is both sharp-edged and tender, an emotionally moving, intellectually resonant novel that asks: In the shadow of existential threat, where does hope live?
Praise for Dinosaurs
"[E]nfolds thematic and psychological depths in elegant, deceptively simply prose…. Another life-affirming work from a writer who always carves her own literary path." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Millet returns with a brilliant story of survival, one subtler and more effective than the NBA-shortlisted A Children’s Bible (2020).…This wonderful and dynamic writer is at the top of her game." ―Publishers Weekly
"[A]n intriguing portrait of a lonesome man trying to do good in a grim world." ―Donna Seaman, Booklist
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