• Subdivision

    by J. Robert Lennon
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April 13, 2021

J. Robert Lennon

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes writer J. ROBERT LENNON—author of The Light of Falling StarsMailman, and Pieces for the Left Hand: 100 Anecdotes—for a discussion of his latest novel and story collection, Subdivision and Let Me Think. He will be joined in conversation by poet and essayist ELISA GABBERT, author of The Word Pretty and The Unreality of Memory: And Other Essays

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An unnamed woman checks into a guesthouse in a mysterious district known only as the Subdivision. The guesthouse’s owners, Clara and the Judge, are welcoming and helpful, if oddly preoccupied by the perpetually baffling jigsaw puzzle in the living room. With little more than a hand-drawn map and vague memories of her troubled past, the narrator ventures out in search of a job, an apartment, and a fresh start in life.

Accompanied by an unusually assertive digital assistant named Cylvia, the narrator is drawn deeper into an increasingly strange, surreal, and threatening world, which reveals itself to her through a series of darkly comic encounters reminiscent of Gulliver’s Travels. A lovelorn truck driver . . . a mysterious child . . . a watchful crow. A cryptic birthday party. A baffling physics experiment in a defunct office tower where some calamity once happened. Through it all, the narrator is tempted and manipulated by the bakemono, a shape-shifting demon who poses a distinctly terrifying danger.

Harrowing, meticulous, and deranged, Subdivision is a brilliant maze of a novel from the writer Kelly Link has called “a master of the dark arts.” With the narrative intensity and mordant humor familiar to readers of Broken River, J. Robert Lennon continues his exploration of the mysteries of perception and memory.

About Author(s)

J. Robert Lennon is the author of nine novels, including Subdivision, and three story collections, including Let Me Think. His fiction has appeared in the Paris ReviewGrantaHarper's Magazine, and the New Yorker.  

Elisa Gabbert is the author of five collections of poetry, essays, and criticism: The Unreality of Memory & Other EssaysThe Word PrettyL’Heure Bleue, or the Judy PoemsThe Self Unstable; and The French Exit. She writes a regular poetry column for the New York Times, and her work has appeared in Harper’sThe New York Times Magazine, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, A Public Space, the Paris Review Daily, and many other venues. She lives in Denver.