Fort Greene store:
Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 PM
Tadzio Koelb presents Trenton Makes
In conversation with Jon Michaud
Debut author Tadzio Koelb presents his vivid and brutal novel about a woman who carves out her share of the American Dream by living as a man. Trenton, New Jersey, 1946: a woman made strong by wartime factory work kills her husband in a domestic brawl and assumes his identity. Twenty-five years later, as the certainties of American triumphalism are a distant, bitter memory, the family life Abe Kunstler has so carefully constructed is crumbling under the intolerable pressures of his long ruse. Desperate to hold on to what he has left, Abe searches for solutions in the dying city. Written in brilliantly stylized prose, Trenton Makes is a provocative and incisive exploration of the nature of identity, the cult of masculinity, and a disturbing portrait of desperation. Koelb discusses his work with fellow author Jon Michaud.