Virtual Event: Julia May Jonas

presenting

Vladimir:
A Novel

in conversation with JOANNA RAKOFF

Date

Feb
9
Wednesday
February 9, 2022
7:00 PM ET

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes playwright, professor, and novelist JULIA MAY JONAS for a discussion of her debut novel, Vladimir. She will be joined in conversation by JOANNA RAKOFF, bestselling author of My Salinger Year and A Fortunate Age: A Novel

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About Vladimir

“When I was a child, I loved old men, and I could tell that they also loved me.”

And so we are introduced to our deliciously incisive narrator: a popular English professor whose charismatic husband at the same small liberal arts college is under investigation for his inappropriate relationships with his former students. The couple have long had a mutual understanding when it comes to their extra-marital pursuits, but with these new allegations, life has become far less comfortable for them both. And when our narrator becomes increasingly infatuated with Vladimir, a celebrated, married young novelist who’s just arrived on campus, their tinder box world comes dangerously close to exploding.

With this bold, edgy, and uncommonly assured debut, author Julia May Jonas takes us into charged territory, where the boundaries of morality bump up against the impulses of the human heart. Propulsive, darkly funny, and wildly entertaining, Vladimir perfectly captures the personal and political minefield of our current moment, exposing the nuances and the grey area between power and desire.

Praise for Vladimir

"Funny, wise and instantly engaging, Vladimir is how I like my thrill rides: brainy and sexy." —Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Vladimir is a thrilling debut—smart, sharp, and über provocative. I devoured it with fascination and awe.” —Lily King, author of Writers and Lovers

"A reminder that the best art involves a search for truth. Vladimir is funny, clear, awake, vivid." —Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana

Joanna Rakoff
Joanna Rakoff

Joanna Rakoff

Joanna Rakoff is the author of the international bestselling memoir My Salinger Year and the novel A Fortunate Age, winner of the Goldberg Prize for Fiction, the Elle Readers’ Prize, and a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller. Rakoff’s books have been translated into twenty languages and nominated for major prizes in The Netherlands and France. She has written frequently for the New York Times, Vogue, Marie Claire, O: The Oprah Magazine, and many other publications.

Julia May Jonas
Julia May Jonas

Julia May Jonas

Julia May Jonas is a playwright and teaches theater at Skidmore College. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her family. Vladimir is her debut novel.

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