Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, September 7, 6:00 PM ET
Book Launch: Christopher Sorrentino presents Now Beacon, Now Sea: A Son’s Memoir
In conversation with Sam Lipsyte
National Book Award finalist Christopher Sorrentino launches his wrenching debut memoir, Now Beacon, Now Sea, a defining account of what it means to love and lose a difficult parent. When Christopher Sorrentino's mother died in 2017, it marked the end of a journey that had begun eighty years earlier in the South Bronx—a journey witnessed by a son who watched, helpless, as she grew more and more isolated, distancing herself from everyone and everything she'd ever loved. In examining the mystery of his mother's life, Sorrentino excavates his own memories and family folklore in an effort to discover her dreams, understand her disappointments, and peel back the ways in which she seemed forever trapped between two identities. Meanwhile Sorrentino experiences his own transformation, emerging from under his father's shadow and his mother's thumb to establish his identity as a writer and individual—one who would soon make his own missteps and mistakes. Unfolding against the captivating backdrop of a vanished New York, Now Beacon, Now Sea is a matchless portrait of the beautiful, painful messiness of life, and the transformative power of even conflicted grief. Sorrentino is joined at this virtual launch event by Sam Lipsyte, author of the story collections Venus Drive and The Fun Parts and four novels: Hark, The Ask, The Subject Steve, and Home Land.
A wrenching debut memoir of familial grief by a National Book Award finalist—and a defining account of what it means to love and lose a difficult parent, for readers of Joan Didion and Dani Shapiro.
"[A] raw and intimate memoir . . . Even at its darkest, this rich narrative shines." —Publishers Weekly