Rachel Cantor presents A Highly Unlikely Scenario
In conversation with Hannah Tinti
In the not-too-distant future of A Highly Unlikely Scenario, competing fast food factions rule the world. Medieval Kabbalists, rare book librarians, and Latter-Day Baconians struggle for control over secret mystical knowledge, and book clubs are revolutionary movements. Rachel Cantor’s dazzling debut fuses futuristic science fiction with ancient mysticism in a novel that’s earned comparisons to Ray Bradbury, Italo Calvino, and Kurt Vonnegut. Cantor’s work has been praised by fellow writers including A. L. Kennedy, Jim Crace, Emily St. John Mandel, and Hannah Tinti, who writes, "In this extraordinary novel, Rachel Cantor explores questions of self-knowledge, true love and family, all while saving the world--and winning readers--in the past, present, and future." Tinti, editor of One Story magazine and author of the novel The Good Thief, talks with Cantor tonight about philosophy, history, religion, humor, mystery and time-travel.