Live via Zoom:
Thursday, September 30, 7:30 PM ET
Diane Cook presents The New Wilderness
Caoilinn Hughes presents The Wild Laughter
Part of the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends series
Join Greenlight Bookstore for the belated paperback launch of Caoilinn Hughes’s The Wild Laughter and Diane Cook’s The New Wilderness. The Wild Laughter, which won the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award 2021, tells the story of two brothers facing dangers and a devastating choice in an economically splintered, unmoored Ireland with exquisite prose and dark, riotous humor. The New Wilderness, shortlisted for the 2020 Man Booker Prize, is Cook’s wildly imaginative debut novel of a mother's battle to save her daughter in a world ravaged by climate change by escaping to the Wilderness State, becoming guinea pigs in an experiment to see if humans can exist in nature without destroying it. These award-winning authors come together to discuss the shared themes of their novels, including an exploration of citizens’ relationships with land and ownership, and the changing equipment parents must give their children to help ensure their survival. Join them for a virtual conversation about legacy, dependency, intergenerational tensions and copouts, and the ways we prove our love and commitment to our family, including an audience Q&A.
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2021 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL BOOKEND EVENT.
"A virtuosic debut, brutal and beautiful in equal measure." —Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author of Station Eleven
Margaret Atwood meets Miranda July in this wildly imaginative debut novel of a mother's battle to save her daughter in a world ravaged by climate change; A prescient and suspenseful book from the author of the acclaimed story collection, Man V. Nature.
It's 2008, and the Celtic Tiger has left devastation in its wake. Brothers Hart and Cormac Black are waking up to a very different Ireland – one that widens the chasm between them and brings their beloved father to his knees. Facing a devastating choice that will put their livelihood, even their lives, on the line, the brothers soon learn that their biggest danger comes when there is nothing to lose.
FINALIST FOR THE AN POST IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2020, THE RTÉ RADIO 1 LISTENERS' CHOICE AWARD 2020 & THE DALKEY EMERGING WRITER AWARD 2021