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"Savage Tongues" Virtual Event with Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi & Laura van den Berg

Join us for a virtual event with Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, author of Savage Tongues, & Laura van den Berg on Thursday, August 12th at 7pm Central!

About the book:
A new novel by PEN/Faulkner Award winner Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi--"if you don't know this name yet, you should" (Entertainment Weekly)--about a young woman caught in an affair with a much older man, a personal and political exploration of desire, power, and human connection.

It's summer when Arezu, an Iranian American teenager, goes to Spain to meet her estranged father at an apartment he owns there. He never shows up, instead sending her a weekly allowance, care of his step-nephew, Omar, a forty-year-old Lebanese man. As the weeks progress, Arezu is drawn into a mercurial, charged, and ultimately catastrophic affair with Omar, a relationship that shatters her just at the cusp of adulthood.

Two decades later, Arezu inherits the apartment. She returns with her best friend, Ellie, an Israeli-American scholar devoted to the Palestinian cause, to excavate the place and finally put to words a trauma she's long held in silence. Together, she and Ellie catalog the questions of agency, sexuality, displacement, and erasure that surface as Arezu confronts the ghosts of that summer, crafting between them a story that spans continents and centuries.

Equal parts Marguerite Duras and Shirley Jackson, Rachel Cusk and Samanta Schweblin, Savage Tongues is a compulsive, unsettling, and bravely observed exploration of violence and eroticism, haunting and healing, and the profound intimacy born of the deepest pain.

About the author:
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the novels Savage Tongues, Call Me Zebra and Fra Keeler and is the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame. She is the winner of a 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award, a John Gardner Award, a 2015 Whiting Award, a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, and the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, as well as residency fellowships from MacDowell and Ledig House. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review, Guernica, Granta, BOMB, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago and is the founder of Literatures of Annihilation, Exile and Resistance, a lecture series on the global Middle East that focuses on literature shaped by colonialism, military domination and state-sanctioned violence.

Born and raised in Florida, Laura van den Berg is the author of five works of fiction, including The Third Hotel, a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, which was one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020. She is the recipient of a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, a PEN/O. Henry Award, and is a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. In 2021, Laura was awarded both the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction.

Savage Tongues: A Novel Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780358315063
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Mariner Books - August 3rd, 2021

Call Me Zebra Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328505866
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Mariner Books - February 5th, 2019

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250798664
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Picador - July 27th, 2021

Event date: 

Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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