Thursday, March 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books welcomes Granta Best Young American Novelist Halle Butler and Washington University alumnus Kea Wilson, who will sign and discuss their newest books, The New Me and We Eat Our Own!
Thirty-year-old Millie just can’t pull it together. Misanthropic and morose, she spends her days killing time at a thankless temp job until she can return home to her empty apartment, where she oscillates wildly between self-recrimination and mild delusion, fixating on all the little ways she might change her life. When the possibility of a full-time job offer arises, it seems to bring the better life she’s envisioning within reach. But with it also comes the paralyzing realization of just how hollow that vision has become. Darkly hilarious and devastating, The New Me is a dizzying descent into the mind of a young woman trapped in the funhouse of American consumer culture.
When a nameless, struggling actor in 1970s New York gets the call that an enigmatic director wants him for an art film set in the Amazon, he doesn’t hesitate: he flies to South America, no questions asked. He quickly realizes he’s made a mistake. The movie is over budget. The production team seems headed for a breakdown. The air is so wet that the celluloid film disintegrates. But what the actor doesn’t realize is that the greatest threat might be the town itself, and the mysterious shadow economy that powers this remote jungle outpost. We Eat Our Own is a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions.
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The New Me or We Eat Our Own from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click the titles to pre-order your copies!
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.