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Rachel Kushner | The Flamethrowers with Philipp Meyer | The Son

Mon, February 10, 2014 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Telex From Cuba, Rachel Kushner’s “multilayered and absorbing” first novel about wealthy Americans in pre-Castro Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Kushner is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, and was a Visiting Writer to Syracuse University's MFA Program in Creative Writing for the Fall of 2013. Her new novel, The Flamethrowers traces the jagged trajectory of a young woman through the 1970s New York art scene and the Italian underground. The book was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and a New York Times Top Ten book of 2013. It was on almost every Best Book list of 2013.  

With “a thrilling eye for failed dreams and…uncommonly tense scenes of violence” (Publishers Weekly), Philipp Meyer’s factory-town noir American Rust won the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book, and paved the way for him to win a Guggenheim Fellowship. “One of the most solid, unsparing pieces of American historical fiction to come out this century” (NPR), The Son tells the harrowing and hardscrabble story of a Texas oil dynasty.

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103