Monday, Apr 27, 2020 7:00 PM
Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge
644 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
A Cappella Books and The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge welcome New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Arnett, in honor of the paperback release her runaway hit debut novel, “Mostly Dead Things.”
Named as a 2019 Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, TIME, the Washington Post, Oprahmag.com, and more, “Mostly Dead Things” is a darkly funny, heart-wrenching, and eccentric look at loss and love.
Arnett will will appear in conversation with Atlanta’s own Jessica Handler, author of “The Magnetic Girl.”
This event is free and open to the public.
About the Book
One morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks into the family taxidermy shop to find that her father has committed suicide, right there on one of the metal tables. Shocked and grieving, Jessa steps up to manage the failing business, while the rest of the Morton family crumbles. Her mother starts sneaking into the shop to make aggressively lewd art with the taxidermied animals. Her brother Milo withdraws, struggling to function. And Brynn, Milo’s wife―and the only person
Jessa’s ever been in love with―walks out without a word. As Jessa seeks out less-than-legal ways of generating income, her mother’s art escalates―picture a figure of her dead husband and a stuffed buffalo in an uncomfortably sexual pose―and the Mortons reach a tipping point. For the first time, Jessa has no choice but to learn who these people truly are, and ultimately how she fits alongside them.
About the Author
Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, “Felt in the Jaw,” and was awarded Ninth Letter's 2015 Literary Award in Fiction. She's a columnist for Literary Hub and her work has either appeared or is upcoming at North American Review, The Normal School, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Electric Literature, Volume 1 Brooklyn, Bennington Review, Tin House Flash Fridays, The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.