Gary Zebrun & Jim Shepard

Monday, April 15, 7:30pm
Gary Zebrun presents Hart Island

In Conversation with Jim Shepard

Gary Zebrun takes the Greenlight stage to present his absorbing and elegiac novel Hart Island, set on the real-life island east of the Bronx that has served as a potter’s field for more than a century, holding over a million indigent, unclaimed, or unknown New Yorkers’ bodies—and is yet little-known even among locals. On this island shaped like a miniature boot of Italy, Gary Zebrun explores overlapping connections of sexuality, family, crime, and morality. Driven out of the Coast Guard during the days of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Sal Cusumano hauls coffins to Hart Island with a burial crew of Rikers Island inmates and guards. Only there can he fully leave his family troubles on Staten Island behind. But the island ceases to be his sanctuary after he, and others, are ensnared in a crime that involves a nocturnal visit to the potter’s field. This compelling and intricately plotted novel moves through the shadows as its characters yearn for belonging and forgiveness. Gary discusses his work with acclaimed and beloved author Jim Shepard, along with a reading and book signing.

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Monday, April 15, 2024 - 7:30pm

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686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Hart Island By Gary Zebrun Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299348342
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - April 2nd, 2024

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