Upcoming Virtual Event

Virtual Event: Sigrid Nunez

presenting

What Are You Going Through:
A Novel

in conversation with EMILY GOULD

Date

Oct
5
Monday
October 5, 2020
7:00 PM

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series is thrilled to welcome acclaimed novelist SIGRID NUNEZ—author of the National Book Award–winning novel, The Friend—for a discussion of her latest novel, What Are You Going Through. She will be joined in conversation by EMILY GOULD, author of the novels Friendship and Perfect Tunes.

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About What Are Are You Going Through

A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life: an ex she runs into by chance at a public forum, an Airbnb owner unsure how to interact with her guests, a stranger who seeks help comforting his elderly mother, a friend of her youth now hospitalized with terminal cancer. In each of these people the woman finds a common need: the urge to talk about themselves and to have an audience to their experiences. The narrator orchestrates this chorus of voices for the most part as a passive listener, until one of them makes an extraordinary request, drawing her into an intense and transformative experience of her own.

In What Are You Going Through, Nunez brings wisdom, humor, and insight to a novel about human connection and the changing nature of relationships in our times. A surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through hardship, her book offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.

Praise for What Are You Going Through

"Reading Sigrid Nunez’s absorbing new novel is somewhat akin to having a long conversation with someone who is telling you something very important, but is telling it in a very quiet voice. You have to really pay attention. Be assured, however, that the experience will be worth it. You will emerge calmer, meditative, more thoughtful, as if you have benefited from an excellent literary massage of sorts." —Janice Y.k. Lee, the New York Times

“Rereading What Are You Going Through, I was dazed by the novel’s grace: its creation of a narrative consciousness that, by emptying and extending itself to others, insured that its vitality would never dwindle, never dim. Nunez had captured what Woolf, in her exquisite story on aging, “The Lady in the Looking Glass,” describes as life’s ‘profounder state of being,’ ‘the state that is to the mind what breathing is to the body.’” —The New Yorker

Emily Gould
Emily Gould

Emily Gould

Emily Gould is the author of the novel Friendship and the essay collection And the Heart Says Whatever. With Ruth Curry, she runs Emily Books, which publishes books by women as an imprint of Coffee House Press. She rose to prominence at Gawker in its early years and has written for the New York Times, New York, The New Yorker, Bookforum, and many other publications.

Photo Credit: Sylvie Rosokoff

Sigrid Nunez
Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation City, The Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God, For Rouenna, and the National Book Award-winning The Friend, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Nunez lives in New York City.

Photo Credit: Marion Ettlinger

 

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