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Thursday, January 13, 7:30 PM ET
Hannah Lillith Assadi presents The Stars Are Not Yet Bells
In conversation with Daniel Magariel
Greenlight is proud to amplify promising new voices in literary fiction and to welcome author Hannah Lillith Assadi to present her second novel, The Stars Are Not Yet Bells—an elegiac, haunting story of a woman reflecting, through the scrim of a fading memory, on a life replete with secrets and betrayals. At the height of WWII, Elle Rainer leaves New York City to raise a family with her new husband Simon on a mysterious Southern island off the coast of Georgia, where generations have been tempted by strange blue offshore lights and the rumor of elusive minerals lurking beneath the surface. Fifty years later, Elle struggles against the attrition of Alzheimer’s to confront the tangle of questions, secrets, that now compose her life’s story. Hailed by Claire Vaye Watkins (I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness) as “[a] prophetic fever dream sprung from a singular imagination…a lush, addicting, daring wonder,” Assadi’s tale is haunted by the lives and selves we leave behind us. Assadi is joined in conversation by author Daniel Magariel (One of the Boys).
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Through the scrim of fading memory, an elderly woman confronts a lifetime of secrets and betrayal, under the mysterious skies of her island home
A “gripping and heartfelt” (The New York Times Book Review) story about two young brothers contending with the love they have for their abusive father, One of the Boys is “one of the most striking debut novels of the year” (Rolling Stone).