Tuesday, March 19, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.
Left Bank Books welcomes Washington University alumnus Andrew Ridker, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, The Altruists, with author and Wash U professor Edward McPherson!
Arthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can’t afford his mortgage, he’s exasperated his much-younger girlfriend, and his kids won’t speak to him. Those children are Ethan, an anxious recluse living off his mother’s money on a choice plot of Brooklyn real estate; and Maggie, a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty. On the verge of losing the family home, Arthur invites his children back to St. Louis under the guise of a reconciliation. But in doing so, he unwittingly unleashes a Pandora’s box of age-old resentments and long-buried memories—memories that orbit Francine, the matriarch whose life may hold the key to keeping them together.
"...one of those super-brilliant, super-funny novels one enjoys in the manner of a squirrel with an especially delicious acorn. I found myself trying to get out of every activity and responsibility just to come back to this novel.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Altruists from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Click here to pre-order your copy!
Edward McPherson is the author of three books, most recently The History of the Future: American Essays. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, the American Scholar, the Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Salon, Guernica, True Story, the Southern Review, Epoch, Catapult, Essay Daily, Literary Hub, the New York Observer, and Talk, among others. He has received a Pushcart Prize, the PEN Southwest Book Award, the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction, an Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and the Gesell Award from the University of Minnesota, where he received his MFA. He teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.
A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.