Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Sean Kinch

A Cosmos of Its Own

Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House multiplies the world of A Visit from the Goon Squad

In The Candy House, Jennifer Egan revisits characters she created in A Visit to the Goon Squad. Now they confront a techno-capitalist future in which consumers allow their minds to be accessed. Egan will discuss The Candy House at Parnassus Books in Nashville on May 4.

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Not the End of the World

Desperate characters in Nathan Elias’ debut novel plunge into alternate realities

In Nathan Elias’ Coil Quake Rift, the lives of four characters living in Los Angeles, connected by love and betrayal, are thrown into disarray when an earthquake opens a mysterious chasm.

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The Mirror and the Magnifying Glass

Joel Agee’s debut novel delves into a young boy’s mind in a time of crisis

The Stone World, the first novel from memoirist and translator Joel Agee, tracks the burgeoning consciousness of a boy living with his parents in 1940s Mexico. Agee, son of legendary writer James Agee, depicts a world of émigré artists who teach the protagonist about art, politics, and community.

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A Season of Storms

Jennifer Haigh’s Mercy Street considers the battle over abortion

In Jennifer Haigh’s new novel Mercy Street, snow blankets the Boston area as characters with connections to a women’s health clinic attempt to make sense of their chaotic lives. Haigh will discuss Mercy Street in a virtual event hosted by Parnassus Books on February 7.

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My NBA Love Affairs

On finding the right team to root for

The Golden State Warriors’ broadcast on a local station was an excuse for Stanford students to congregate in common rooms and eating clubs, a break from studying and a topic of conversation. Plus, the Warriors of 1986-87 were a lovable, ragtag, perennially second-tier squad whose best player, Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, was famous for having the league’s most apt nickname.

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Hard Honest Comedy

Padgett Powell’s new collection of nonfiction takes you inside the mind of an unconventional novelist

The essays in Padgett Powell’s Indigo, his first collection of nonfiction, introduce readers to the bizarre characters and brilliant prose that fans of his fiction have come to expect.

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