Wine with the Author - Elizabeth McCracken, author of Thunderstruck and Other Stories

Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome critically acclaimed author Elizabeth McCracken as part of our event series, Wine with the Author. The evening will include a discussion and signing of her new book, Thunderstruck and Other Stories.Thunderstruck and Other Stories is McCracken's first story collection in twenty years. Laced through with the humor, the empathy, and the rare and magical descriptive powers that have led her fiction to be hailed as "exquisite" (The New York Times Book Review), "funny and heartbreaking" (The Boston Globe), and "a true marvel" (San Francisco Chronicle), these nine vibrant stories navigate the fragile space between love and loneliness. In "Property," selected by Geraldine Brooks for The Best American Short Stories, a young scholar, grieving the sudden death of his wife, decides to refurbish the Maine rental house they were to share together by removing his landlord's possessions. In "Peter Elroy: A Documentary by Ian Casey," the household of a successful filmmaker is visited years later by his famous first subject, whose trust he betrayed. In "The Lost & Found Department of Greater Boston," the manager of a grocery store becomes fixated on the famous case of a missing local woman, and on the fate of the teenage son she left behind. And in the unforgettable title story, a family makes a quixotic decision to flee to Paris for a summer, only to find their lives altered in an unimaginable way by their teenage daughter's risky behavior. In Elizabeth McCracken's universe, heartache is always interwoven with strange, charmed moments of joy--an unexpected conversation with small children, the gift of a parrot with a bad French accent--that remind us of the wonder and mystery of being alive. Thunderstruck & Other Stories shows this inimitable writer working at the full height of her powers.  Elizabeth McCracken is the author of An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination and Niagara Falls All Over Again. A former public librarian, she is now a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, and has received grants and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and the American Academy in Berlin. Elizabeth is married to novelist and illustrator Edward Carey. Wine with the Author is presented through the partnership of Parnassus Books and The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
3900 Hillsboro Pike
37215 Nashville
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