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Joshua Henkin with Rebecca Makkai - Morningside Heights

Monday, June 23, 7pm CT
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Left Bank Books welcomes #1 Indie Next Pick for June
Joshua Henkin
who will discuss his celebrated new book
Morningside Heights
on Facebook Live at 7pm CT on June 23.
Henkin will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize & National Book Award Finalist
Rebecca Makkai
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About Morningside Heights

#1 Indie Next Pick for June
One of 2021's Most Highly Anticipated New Books --Newsweek
One of LitHub's Most Anticipated Books
 
When Ohio-born Pru Steiner arrives in New York in 1976, she follows in a long tradition of young people determined to take the city by storm. But when she falls in love with and marries Spence Robin, her hotshot young Shakespeare professor, her life takes a turn she couldn't have anticipated.
 
Thirty years later, something is wrong with Spence. The Great Man can't concentrate; he falls asleep reading The New York Review of Books. With their daughter, Sarah, away at medical school, Pru must struggle on her own to care for him. One day, feeling especially isolated, Pru meets a man, and the possibility of new romance blooms. Meanwhile, Spence's estranged son from his first marriage has come back into their lives. Arlo, a wealthy entrepreneur who invests in biotech, may be his father's last, best hope.
 
Morningside Heights is a sweeping and compassionate novel about a marriage surviving hardship. It's about the love between women and men, and children and parents; about the things we give up in the face of adversity; and about how to survive when life turns out differently from what we thought we signed up for.
 

"In the sheer pleasure of reading Joshua Henkin's new novel--of following its swift narrative movements, getting to know its all-too-human characters, inhabiting its detail-perfect settings, its relentlessly accurate portrayals-- of marriage and parenthood and siblinghood--we can almost forget, for moments on end, that its subject is one of the most painful imaginable: the loss of a self, of a marriage, of a shared life. But the real magic of Morningside Heights is the way it lifts us up, reminding us that ordinary people undertake extraordinary acts of survival every day." --Julie Orringer

"Reading Morningside Heights is an emotional experience. How much can befall a marriage, and what extraordinary demands must sometimes be met for loved ones to endure. But it is a delightful read as well, because the people here are such thoroughly engaging company. So much that happens in this book is unexpected that it reads at the pace of a suspense novel, but its greatest achievement is to make us feel that we are in the presence of real people, living out their joys and sorrows and making their way in the real world." --Sigrid Nunez

Henkin brilliantly conveys the complexities of a New York City family in this humane, compulsively readable tale . . . In 2006, Shakespeare scholar Spence Robin, 57, is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, and his wife, Pru Steiner, is forced to return his book advance . . . [Henkin] shows how Spence was a wunderkind in Columbia's English department, making the tragedy of his illness particularly poignant . . . Equally well handled is Pru's transformation from wife and lover to caretaker--wrenching changes that Henkin conveys without dissolving into sentimentality or cliché, but rather leaving readers with a kernel of hope. This is a stunning achievement. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"What does it really mean: in sickness and in health, till death do us part? Morningside Heights knows the answer. In this tender, wise, and unflinching novel, Joshua Henkin traces the bittersweet arc of a lifelong love, with all its joy and pain." --Tom Perrotta

"You know a novel is good when the thought of leaving the world it creates and the people who live there fills you with sadness and a profound sense of loss. Joshua Henkin's Morningside Heights is just such a novel." --Richard Russo

Staff Pick! "I love complex characters in a well done family drama! This book does complexity and makes it look so undaunting. As we jump between characters and time, the journey we are taken on as readers is so beautiful and captivating. I was truly invested in this book and each of the characters lives. Such a gem!" — From Shane

 

About our Speakers

Joshua Henkin is the author of the novels Swimming Across the Hudson (a Los Angeles Times Notable Book), Matrimony (a New York Times Notable Book), and The World Without You (winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award). He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and directs the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.

Rebecca Makkai is the author of The BorrowerThe Hundred-Year House, which won the Novel of the Year Award from the Chicago Writers Association, and Music for Wartime. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short StoriesHarper's, and Tin House, among others. She lives outside Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

 

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Morningside Heights: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524748357
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Published: Pantheon - June 15th, 2021

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The Great Believers: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019