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Friday, October 12 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Finding Life After (Almost) Death

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Three novels explore the allure of death when life has become too much, and the desire to keep on living. In Katharine Weber’s Still Life With Monkey, a successful architect becomes severely paralyzed after a car wreck. In order to revitalize him, his wife brings home a highly trained helper monkey named Ottoline, whose funny Nutella-gobbling ways bring brightness back to his life. Tayari Jones calls it “a brilliantly crafted novel, brimming with heart.” Jacob M. Appel’s novel Millard Salter’s Last Day follows the book’s namesake on his journey to tie up loose ends with his estranged family. When it comes to Delilah, the widow whom he’s fallen in love with, the approaching end becomes a little more complicated. In Thomas Pierce’s novel The Afterlives, when Jim Byrd dies and is revived without ever catching a glimpse of lights or angels, he wonders if there’s an afterlife. When a ghost shows up, Jim and his wife employ holograms, psychics, messages from the beyond, trying to answer their question.

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Jacob M. Appel

Jacob M. Appel is a physician, attorney and bioethicist based in New York City.  He is the author of seven collections of short fiction, five novels and a collection of essays.  His short stories have been published in more than two hundred journals and have been short-listed for... Read More →
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Thomas Pierce

Thomas Pierce was born and raised in South Carolina. He is the author of the novel, The Afterlives, and the acclaimed story collection, Hall of Small Mammals. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Oxford American, and elsewhere. A recipient of the National Book... Read More →
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Katharine Weber

Katharine Weber is the author of seven books, including Triangle, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, The Music Lesson, and The Little Women; the last three were New York Times Notable Books.  The Washington Post called her novel True Confections “succulently inventive... Read More →