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Claire Luchette with Grace Perry - Agatha of Little Neon

Wednesday, August 11, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes debut novelist
Claire Luchette,
who will discuss her highly anticipated debut novel, 
Agatha of Little Neon,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 11.
Luchette will be in conversation with The Onion and Reductress contributor & author of The 2000s Made Me Gay
Grace Perry.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Agatha of Little Neon

Blazingly original, wry, and perfectly attuned to the oddness--and the profundity--of life" (Cristina Henríquez), Claire Luchette's debut, Agatha of Little Neon, is a novel about yearning and sisterhood, figuring out how you fit in (or don't), and the unexpected friends who help you find your truest self

Agatha has lived every day of the last nine years with her sisters: they work together, laugh together, pray together. Their world is contained within the little house they share. The four of them are devoted to Mother Roberta and to their quiet, purposeful life.

But when the parish goes broke, the sisters are forced to move. They land in Woonsocket, a former mill town now dotted with wind turbines. They take over the care of a halfway house, where they live alongside their charges, such as the jawless Tim Gary and the headstrong Lawnmower Jill. Agatha is forced to venture out into the world alone to teach math at a local all-girls high school, where for the first time in years she has to reckon all on her own with what she sees and feels. Who will she be if she isn't with her sisters? These women, the church, have been her home. Or has she just been hiding?

Disarming, delightfully deadpan, and full of searching, Claire Luchette's Agatha of Little Neon offers a view into the lives of women and the choices they make. It is a novel about sisterhood, friendship, and devotion, about figuring out how we fit in (or don't), and about the unexpected friends who help us find our truest selves.

Vogue Best Book of the Year
A Best Book of the Summer: VogueRefinery29Lit Hub

"There's not a false step in this novel of sisterhood, belonging, and what it means to choose a life for yourself. Agatha of Little Neon is a brilliant testament to Claire Luchette's skill and original voice." --Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

"Claire Luchette is a dazzlingly gifted new voice, a master at balancing a sneaky deadpan wit with deep and genuine pathos. Agatha of Little Neon brilliantly mixes the sacred and the transgressive, the solemn and the absurd, and the profound, contradictory longings for belonging and independence. This book is a moving meditation on how to be a woman in the world--and how to be a human." --Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers

 

About our Speakers

Claire Luchette has published work in the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Kenyon ReviewPloughshares, and Granta. A 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Luchette graduated from the University of Oregon MFA program and has received grants and scholarships from MacDowell, Yaddo, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Lighthouse Works, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the James Merrill House. Agatha of Little Neon is Luchette's first novel.

Grace Perry's work has been published in a variety of outlets, including The New Yorker, New York magazine's The Cut, BuzzFeed, Outside, and Eater. She is also a longtime, regular contributor to The Onion and the feminist satire site Reductress. Most of her work, comedy and journalism alike, interrogates the intersection of queerness, pop culture and the internet. She lives in LA.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 7:00pm
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