Youth in Revolt: Fiction That Refuses to Conform

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Barnes & Noble

1035 Emmet Street North, Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: Charlottesville Pride Community Network


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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Cara Hoffman has had to cancel her participation.

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes (The Sleeping World), Cara Hoffman (Running), and SJ Sindu (Marriage of a Thousand Lies) discuss their novels about young people and the fight to find oneself amidst the tumult and politics of the modern world.

Why should you attend?

“A politically conscious adventure story in which Fuentes manages to strike a powerful balance between vivid characterization and ideological critique, capturing a generation for whom David Bowie and the Ramones were not merely pop icons but heroes.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Hoffman impressively evokes the combination of nihilism, idealism, rootlnessness, psychic and economic necessity, lust and love that might set a young person adrift. Unlike the runaway heroes of many queer narratives these characters are not cast out but looking to get lost… The Athens on display here is peopled with rebels and runaways of all kinds, idealists, revolutionary operatives, con men, wayward young scholars, squatters… The book and the characters refuse to conform and Running, like all good outlaw literature, takes sharp aim at the contemporary culture’s willingness to do so.”—The New York Times Book Review

“​[Sindu] ​has written a debut novel that is honest and moving—a complex story about a Sri-Lankan family and a strong female protagonist who struggles with her own identity against a backdrop of deep traditions and community.”—Tallahassee Democrat​