Literati is pleased to welcome Lauren Fox, who will read from her latest novel, Days of Awe.
Here's Hilary's review: "Days of Awe is a surprisingly wonderful novel that offers a fresh perspective on grief, love, friendship, and aging. It follows the narrator Isabel as she navigates uncertain terrain after losing her best friend in a car accident. While this sounds like the making of a downer of a novel, it is in fact full of humor and hope, with the only darkness being the narrator’s pitch perfect black humor. Isabel’s biting wit and endearing neuroses make you relate to her in so many situations, even as you watch her fumble throughout. Her musings on the absurdity of adult life will make you laugh and cry, and perhaps a little of both at the same time. And you’ll enjoy it all along the way. "
Celebrated for her irresistibly witty, strikingly intelligent examinations of friendship and marriage, Lauren Fox (“An immensely gifted writer—a writer adept at capturing the sad-funny mess that happens to be one woman’s life” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) has written her most powerful novel to date. Days of Awe is the story of a woman who, in the wake of her best friend’s sudden death, must face the crisis in her marriage, the fury of her almost-teenage daughter, and the possibility of opening her cantankerous heart to someone new.
Only a year ago Isabel Moore was married, was the object of adoration for her ten-year-old daughter, and thought she knew everything about her wild, extravagant, beloved best friend, Josie. But in that one short year her husband moved out and rented his own apartment; her daughter grew into a moody insomniac; and Josie—impulsive, funny, secretive Josie—was killed behind the wheel in a single-car accident. As the relationships that long defined Isabel—wife, mother, daughter, best friend—change before her eyes, Isabel must try to understand who she really is.
Teeming with longing, grief, and occasional moments of wild, surprising joy, Days of Awe is a daring, dazzling book—a luminous exploration of marriage, motherhood, and the often surprising shape of new love.
Lauren Fox is the author of the novels Still Life with Husband and Friends Like Us. She earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota, and her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Parenting, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two daughters.