2:30 – 3:10 at St. Peter’s Parish Hall
About the author
Idra Novey’s newest novel, Take What You Need, was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Best Fiction Pick for Spring by the Wall Street Journal, and featured in book clubs with NPR, CBS New York and CBS Pittsburgh. Her second novel, Those Who Knew, was a finalist for the 2019 Clark Fiction Prize and her first novel, Ways to Disappear, received the Sami Rohr Prize and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her writing has been translated into a dozen languages and she’s written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. She teaches fiction at Princeton University.
MFOB featured book: Take What You Need
In Take What You Need, Novey has conjured a novel of astonishing and singular honesty with two determined, unforgettable female voices. In the spectral quiet of the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, this deeply atmospheric book focuses on the fragile relationship between Leah and her stepmother, Jean, a self-taught artist inspired by the works of Louise Bourgeois and Agnes Martin. In this novel of ideas with a propulsive plot, characters take what’s discarded – from a desolate landscape and damaged relationships – and make something meaningful.