Virtual Event: Susannah R. Drissi
Until We're Fish:
in conversation with RICHARD BLANCO
November 5, 2020
7:00 PM ET
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes award-winning poet, critic, and translator SUSANNAH R. DRISSI for a discussion of her debut novel, Until We're Fish. She will be joined in conversation by fellow poet RICHARD BLANCO, author of the acclaimed poetry collection How to Love a Country.
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About Until We're Fish
Stunning and elegiac, Susannah Rodríguez Drissi’s debut novel Until We’re Fish juxtaposes vivid landscapes, brilliant, playful meditations on life, and penetrating insights into the human heart, to richly bring to life the story of rapscallion dreamer Elio, a Cuban teen whose unbridled confidence is severely tested after a near-fatal shark attack.
Elio longs for freedom from the dreary home he shares with his mother. He spends his days and nights fantasizing about an American bike and Maria, his vivacious next-door neighbor. Two obstacles stand in his way: the 1959 Cuban Revolution and Maria’s dream of moving to Chicago. Yet Elio is steadfast in believing that somehow, some way, he will get both the girl and the Schwinn. When an injury leaves him terrified of the sea, he's faced with an impossible choice: to overcome his fear and do whatever it takes to realize his vision, or to stay safe, and risk losing everything he’s been living for.
An unforgettable coming-of-age story, Until We’re Fish blends the romance, violence, mood, and ethos of the Cuban Revolution with a young man’s hopeless and heroic first love. With the truth of experience and the lyricism of poetry, Rodríguez Drissi constructs an exquisite, gossamer tale of revolution and hearts set adrift. A Don Quixote for our times, Until We’re Fish is an intimate exploration into the souls of people willing to sacrifice everything to be free.
Praise for Until We're Fish
"Historically vibrant and sadly exquisite, Until We’re Fish renders a poetic and cinematic view of Cuba through the lens of loves—familial love, romantic love, patriotic love—and their complex intersections, all beautifully and uniquely told through this compelling story centered on lives that make history come alive." —Richard Blanco
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