The ‘Burbs: Contemporary Satirical Fiction

Sat. March 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Gabriel Bump (Everywhere You Don’t Belong), Bruce Holsinger (The Gifted School) and Julie Langsdorf (White Elephant) discuss their novels set in contemporary America and examining the comedies and tragedies of family life. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“[An] astute and touching debut… Bump balances his heavy subject matter with a healthy dose of humor, but the highlight is Claude, a complex, fully developed protagonist who anchors everything. Readers will be moved.”—Publishers Weekly

“Wise and addictive… The Gifted School is the juiciest novel I’ve read in ages… a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class.”—J. Courtney Sullivan, The New York Times

“An interloper’s plans to build a McMansion amid the cozy bungalows leads to angry town halls, scandalous romantic dalliances and shady hijinks [in White Elephant]… All smart, satiric fun, the kind of comic novel that helps us see our own foibles while we’re laughing at those of others.”—The Washington Post

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