As part of our Shelf Life series of virtual events, Henry Hoke, author of The Groundhog Forever, read from and discussed his new poetic pop novel, experimental influences and practices, and much more, in conversation with Lydia Conklin.
The Groundhog Forever is a queer sequel to the movie Groundhog Day. Two film students in post-9/11 Manhattan get stuck reliving the same day over and over together: the day they meet Bill Murray at a screening of Groundhog Day. This vicious loop tests the limits of their friendship and forces them to confront the true meaning of artistic immortality. A poetic pop novel with experimental flair. Charlie Kaufman meets Sarah Manguso. Today is the last day of the best of your life.
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Plus, explore these influences and recommendations from Henry Hoke:
- E! Entertainment & Hoarders by Kate Durbin
- Unexplained Presence by Tisa Bryant
- The Art of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson
- This is a Dance Movie! by Tim Jones-Yelvington
- 365 Days / 365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks
- Madeleine E. by Gabriel Blackwell
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Open Me by Lisa Locascio
“A radiant, shapeshifting novel about fame, friendship, the ecstasy and agony of repetition, and The Divine Bill Murray. In playful, exhilarating prose, Hoke pushes sentential limits, wryly examining the way art marks the world (and the many ways in which it fails to do so). Just when you think you’ve gotten the hang of the spellbinding groundhog logic, the story blooms and swerves and evades, irresistible in its capacity for endless reinvention.”—Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light
“A gorgeous love letter to reality’s unfolding, this beautifully written, magically real adventure paints a lucid, abstract-expressionistic kind-of-a-sensation of being limitless even while standing under the fluorescent lights of the institution.”—Speed Levitch, author of Speedology
“The Groundhog Forever is that tricky kind of trick: the kind that says it’s just a little fun thing, but then opens up the entire world’s guts and out comes LIFE. Hoke’s sentences contain teeming cosmos, yet are somehow small enough to hide in your pocket. There’s ancient pathos in the quotidian, groovy earworms in the depths. It’s one day that is infinite, which means it’s also the immeasurable everything of right now.”—Johanna Hedva, author of Minerva the Miscarriage of the Brain