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Fiction at Literati: Margot Singer with Eileen Pollack

Literati is pleased to welcome Margot Singer in support of her new novel, Underground Fugue. Margot will be joined in conversation by UM professor and author Eileen Pollack.

Set against the backdrop of the London tube bombings in 2005, Underground Fugue interweaves the stories of four characters who are dislocated by shock waves of personal loss, political violence, and, ultimately, betrayal. It’s April and Esther has left New York for London, partly to escape her buckling marriage, and partly to care for her dying mother; Lonia, Esther’s mother, is haunted by memories of fleeing Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II; Javad, their next-door neighbor and an Iranian neuroscientist, struggles to connect with his college-aged son; and Amir, Javad’s son, is seeking both identity and escape in his illicit exploration of the city’s forbidden spaces. As Esther settles into life in London, a friendship develops among them. But when terrorists attack the London transit system in July, someone goes missing, and the chaos that follows both fractures the possibilities for the future, and reveals the deep fault lines of the past. With nuanced clarity and breathtaking grandeur, Margot Singer’s Underground Fugue is an elegant, suspenseful, and deeply powerful debut.

Margot Singer won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award for her story collection, The Pale of Settlement. Her work has been featured on NPR and in The Kenyon ReviewThe Gettysburg ReviewAgni, and Conjunctions, among other publications. She is a professor of English at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Underground Fugue was one of Elle's "Most Anticipated Books by Women" of 2017. (Author Photo (c) Denison University/Timothy E. Black.)
Eileen Pollack is the author, most recently, of the novel A Perfect Life and the investigative memoir The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club. She teaches on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. 
Event date: 
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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ISBN: 9781612196282
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Melville House - April 18th, 2017

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