Chicago-based novelist Christine Sneed will talk with Tom Perrota about his new novel, «Mrs. Fletcher.»
Building on the gentle but incisive social satire of «Little Children,» «The Leftovers,» and «Election,» Tom Perrotta’s masterful new work, «Mrs. Fletcher,» returns the reader to the complicated (and often comical) world of the sexual mores of the American suburbs. When Eve Fletcher’s beloved only child, Brendan, starts college, she’s left all alone and full of questions about how and with whom to live the rest of her life, while miles away Brendan struggles with questions of his own—about how to treat women, understand his relationship with his divorced parents, and grow into a responsible sexual being. As Eve and Brendan separately struggle with their sexualities and self-conceptions, mother and son set out on journeys of discovery that lead them to unexpected places and, after two wild parties, to a dramatic collision.
Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of nine works of fiction, including «Election» and «Little Children,» both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and «The Leftovers,» which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His work has been translated into a multitude of languages. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and lives outside of Boston.
Tom Perrotta is a truth-telling, unshowy chronicler of modern-day America." --New York Times Book Review
«Tom Perrotta writes with a satirist's ear and the heart of a romantic.» --Jennifer Egan
«He's the Steinbeck of suburbia.» — Time
«Our Balzac of the burbs.» --Chicago Sun Times
«An American Chekov.» --New York Times Book Review
Christine Sneed's story collection «Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry» won the Grace Paley Prize, Ploughshares' John C. Zacharis Prize, and was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Her debut novel, «Little Known Facts,» won the Society of Midland Authors award for best adult fiction and was named a top ten debut novel of 2013 by Booklist. Most recently she is the author of «Paris, He Said,» and «The Virginity of Famous Men.» Sneed teaches at Northwestern University and DePaul University and lives in Evanston, Illinois.
«Sneed... writes slyly funny, masterful comedies of manners utterly unlike anything else in American letters.» — The Independent