IN-PERSON: Live at Fort Greene!
Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 PM ET
Robert Lopez presents A Better Class of People
In conversation with Hannah Lillith Assadi
In an uncanny, distorted version of New York City, a man rides the subway through the chaos of an ordinary commute. He may have a gun in his pocket. He may be looking for someone—a woman named Esperanza. Greenlight welcomes Brooklyn author and Greenlight neighbor Robert Lopez, hailed by Jenny Offill (Weather) as "one of the most exciting writers working today," in celebrating his sixth book, an experimental novel in stories that intersect and careen like subway tunnels through the realities of modern America. As we shuttle back and forth through time, we see a world ornamented by fraught, familiar realities: a man who stands in traffic, the same man seizing and shuddering on a sidewalk, an institution where the man is housed with other undesirables, a neighborhood where all the residents have forgotten their names. Over everything looms the specter of a nameless menace, a pervasive sense that something—more than just a ride—is coming to an end. Lopez is joined by acclaimed fellow local author Hannah Lillith Assadi (The Stars Are Not Yet Bells) for a reading and conversation probing the potentials of the story form and the tensions and fractures reflected in A Better Class of People—in which we just might recognize ourselves and our own world.
In an uncanny, distorted version of New York City, a man rides the subway through the chaos of an ordinary commute. He may have a gun in his pocket. He may be looking for someone--a woman named Esperanza.
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