Online ticket sales end at 5 PM on October 2; additional tickets available at the venue doors.
Monday, October 2, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Jeffrey Eugenides presents Fresh Complaint: Stories
In conversation with Ruth Franklin
At St. Joseph’s College (part of the Brooklyn Voices series)
Tickets $30 (includes seat and book)
Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides launches his first collection of short fiction, Fresh Complaint, displaying the beautiful writing and acute observation of the crises of adolescence, self-discovery, family love, and what it means to be American that make his bestselling novels so compelling. Packed with a density of ideas despite their fluid grace, the stories range from the reproductive antics of “Baster” to the dreamy, moving account of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in “Air Mail” (selected by Annie Proulx for Best American Short Stories), with characters including a failed poet who becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art founder under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in the title story “Fresh Complaint,” a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant family lead her to a drastic decision that upends the life of a middle-aged British physicist. Eugenides discusses his work with book critic and biographer Ruth Franklin (author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life) at this launch event.