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"Life Sciences" Virtual Event with Lara Vergnaud & Catherine Lacey

Join us for a virtual event with Lara Vergnaud, translator of Life Sciences, and Catherine Lacey on Wednesday, October 13th at 7:30pm Central!

About the book:
An inventive coming-of-age novel from acclaimed French novelist Joy Sorman, Life Sciences boldly investigates the female condition, bodily autonomy, and the failings of modern medicine as one young woman confronts a centuries-old, matrilineal curse.

Ninon Moise is cursed. So is her mother Esther, as was every eldest female member of her family going back to the Middle Ages. Each generation is marked by a uniquely obscure disease, illness, or ailment--one of her ancestors was patient zero in the sixteenth-century dancing plague of Strasbourg, while Esther has a degenerative eye disease. Ninon grows up comforted and fascinated by the recitation of these bizarre, inexplicable medical mysteries, forewarned that something will happen to her, yet entirely unprepared for how it will alter her life. Her own entry into this litany of maladies appears one morning in the form of an excruciating burning sensation on her skin, from her wrists to her shoulders.

Embarking on a dizzying and frustrating cycle of doctors, specialists, procedures, needles, scans, and therapists, seventeen-year-old Ninon becomes consumed by her need to receive a diagnosis and find a cure for her ailment. She seeks to break the curse and reclaim her body by any means necessary, through increasing isolation and failed treatment after failed treatment, even as her life falls apart. A provocative and empathic questioning of illness, remedy, transmission, and health, Life Sciences poignantly questions our reliance upon science, despite its limitations, to provide all the answers.

About the author:
Joy Sorman is a novelist and documentarian based in Paris.Her first novel, Boys, boys, boys, was awarded the 2005 Prix de Flore. In 2013, she received the Prix François Mauriac from the Académie française for Comme une bêteLife Sciences is her first novel to be translated into English.
Photo Credit: Pascal Ito

Lara Vergnaud is a literary translator from the French. She is the recipient of the 2019 French Voices Grand Prize and two PEN/Heim Translation Grants, and was a finalist for the 2019 Best Translated Book Award. Her forthcoming translations include works by Mohamed Leftah and Franck Bouysse. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Catherine Lacey is the author of four works of fiction: Nobody Is Ever MissingThe AnswersCertain American States, and Pew. She's recently published work in The New YorkerHarper's, and The Believer. Her books have been translated into several languages​.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Agyei

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By Joy Sorman, Lara Vergnaud (Translator), Catherine Lacey (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781632062956
Availability: Not in stock. Order here for delivery or to pickup later.
Published: Restless Books - October 12th, 2021

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ISBN: 9781250798534
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Picador - July 20th, 2021

Event date: 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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