Virtual Event: Jennifer Haigh

presenting

Mercy Street:
A Novel

in conversation with ANDRE DUBUS III

Date

Feb
3
Thursday
February 3, 2022
6:00 PM ET

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Harvard Book Store, Politics and Prose, and Books & Books welcome JENNIFER HAIGH—the award-winning author of Mrs. Kimble, Baker Towers, and News from Heaven—for a discussion of her latest novel, Mercy Street. She will be joined in conversation by celebrated novelist ANDRE DUBUS III. 

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About Mercy Street

For almost a decade, Claudia has counseled patients at Mercy Street, a clinic in the heart of the city. The work is consuming, the unending dramas of women in crisis. For its patients, Mercy Street offers more than health care; for many, it is a second chance.

But outside the clinic, the reality is different. Anonymous threats are frequent. A small, determined group of anti-abortion demonstrators appears each morning at its door. As the protests intensify, fear creeps into Claudia’s days, a humming anxiety she manages with frequent visits to Timmy, an affable pot dealer in the midst of his own existential crisis. At Timmy’s, she encounters a random assortment of customers, including Anthony, a lost soul who spends most of his life online, chatting with the mysterious Excelsior11—the screenname of Victor Prine, an anti-abortion crusader who has set his sights on Mercy Street and is ready to risk it all for his beliefs.

Mercy Street is a novel for right now, a story of the polarized American present. Jennifer Haigh, “an expert natural storyteller with a keen sense of her characters’ humanity” (New York Times), has written a groundbreaking novel, a fearless examination of one of the most divisive issues of our time.

Praise for Mercy Street

Mercy Street is propulsive, urgent, and essential. Haigh writes with uncommon insight and compassion (and, yes, mercy) about people whose ideals are so strikingly at odds that we can only wait for their lives to collide. I was riveted and transported, and want to hand this book to everyone I know." —Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Great Believers

Mercy Street is a savvy, keen-eyed, witty, wise, and altogether luminous novel. A triumph. Jennifer Haigh is a young master of this form. Though, at day’s end, I’d read her just to read her.” —Richard Ford

“I'm just going to say it: Jennifer Haigh is the greatest novelist of our generation. And Mercy Street is her best novel yet.” —Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year

Andre Dubus III
Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III’s seven books include the New York Times’ bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie. His most recent novel, Gone So Long, has been named on many “Best Books” lists, including The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018”. Mr. Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Jennifer Haigh
Jennifer Haigh

Jennifer Haigh

Jennifer Haigh is the author of seven books of fiction. Her first novel, Mrs Kimble, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her most recent, Mercy Street, was published in February.  Her work has been recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been published in eighteen languages. She lives in Boston.

Photo Credit: Joanna Eldredge Morrissey




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