Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Jennifer Haigh to celebrate her new book, Mercy Street, in conversation with Jess Walter.
This is a virtual event which will take place on Monday, February 7th at 6:00pm Central Time. You can watch live on either the Parnassus Books Facebook page or the Parnassus Books YouTube channel. After the live talk has ended, the video will remain archived to watch later on both Facebook and YouTube.
About the Book
For almost a decade, Claudia has counseled patients at Mercy Street, a clinic in the heart of the city. The work is consuming, the unending dramas of women in crisis. For its patients, Mercy Street offers more than health care; for many, it is a second chance.
But outside the clinic, the reality is different. Anonymous threats are frequent. A small, determined group of anti-abortion demonstrators appears each morning at its door. As the protests intensify, fear creeps into Claudia's days, a humming anxiety she manages with frequent visits to Timmy, an affable pot dealer in the midst of his own existential crisis. At Timmy's, she encounters a random assortment of customers, including Anthony, a lost soul who spends most of his life online, chatting with the mysterious Excelsior11--the screenname of Victor Prine, an anti-abortion crusader who has set his sights on Mercy Street and is ready to risk it all for his beliefs.
Mercy Street is a novel for right now, a story of the polarized American present. Jennifer Haigh, "an expert natural storyteller with a keen sense of her characters' humanity" (New York Times), has written a groundbreaking novel, a fearless examination of one of the most divisive issues of our time.
About the Author
Jennifer Haigh is the author of the highly acclaimed novels Mrs. Kimble, Baker Towers, The Condition, Faith and Heat and Light, and a book of short stories, News from Heaven. Her books have won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction, and have been published in eighteen languages. Jennifer Haigh is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and won a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
About Jess Walter
Jess Walter is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins, the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, and the New York Times Notable Book Over Tumbled Graves. His most recent novel, the national bestseller The Cold Millions, was published in October 2020. He lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family.