On Exile and Loss: Novelists Chris Abani and lê thi diem thúy Read from Their Works
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On Exile and Loss: Chris Abani and lê thi diem thúy
The authors discuss themes of loss and dislocation told in beautiful prose as they read from their latest works, with an introduction by Lisa Page.
In prose that is unflinching, luminous, brutal, and poetic, Nigerian-born author Chris Abani depicts the lives of children, men, and women torn by war and human cruelty. Beautiful sentences and resonant narrative voice distinguish Abani’s five novels — Song For Night, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, GraceLand, and Masters of the Board — and his short fiction collections. He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of numerous awards.
Lê thi diem thúy’s debut novel, The Gangster We are All Looking For, takes up the loss and dislocation of a young girl and her refugee family newly arrived from Vietnam. In this novel, memory and perception transform the everyday into a dream-like landscape. Her prose and poetry have appeared in Harpers Magazine and The Best American Essays, among other publications, and her solo performance works have been presented internationally. She is currently working on her second novel.