Join National Book Award winner Norman Rush tonight at 7 p.m. at The Ivy Bookshop when he comes to discuss Subtle Bodies, his first in a decade. (Read the New York Times recent profile of Rush, here.)
About the Book
In Subtle Bodies, Norman Rush, author of three immensely praised and award-winning books set in Africa, including the bestselling classic Mating, returns home, giving a sophisticated, often comical, romp through the particular joys and tribulations of marriage and the dilemmas of friendship, as a group of college friends reunites in upstate New York twenty-some years after graduation. When Douglas, the ringleader of a clique of self-styled wits of “superior sensibility,” dies suddenly, his four remaining friends are summoned to his luxe estate high in the Catskills to memorialize his life and mourn his passing. Ned, our hero, flies in from San Francisco, pursued by his furious wife, Nina: they’re at a critical point in their attempt to get Nina pregnant, and she’s ovulating! It is Nina who gives us a pointed, irreverent commentary as the friends begin to catch up with one another. She is not above poking fun at some of their past exploits and the things they held dear, and she’s particularly hard on the departed Douglas, who she thinks undervalued her Ned. Ned is trying manfully to discern what it was that made this clutch of souls his friends to begin with and, simultaneously, to guess at what will come next.
About the Author
Norman Rush is the author of three previous works of fiction: Whites, Mating (for which he won the National Book Award) and Mortals. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Best American Short Stories. Rush and his wife live in Rockland County, New York.
Norman Rush will appear at The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, tonight at 7 p.m. For more information, visit The Ivy Bookshop website.