James Wood, “Upstate” @ Politics and Prose
James Wood discusses his novel, “Upstate”, at Politics and Prose on 6/8/18. In his second foray into fiction, Wood, The New Yorker’s book critic since 2007, follows up his 2003 The Book against God with a compelling family story that doubles as a novel of ideas. The family in question is the Querrys, natives of northern England. Split by a bitter divorce years ago, they’ve been divided by the Atlantic since Vanessa left her father and sister to teach philosophy in New York. When she becomes seriously depressed, her boyfriend summons her relatives, and over the course of six days near Saratoga Springs the three begin to confront and heal their old wounds. Insightful and beautifully written, this work of fiction by one of today’s most influential and widely admired critics is a literary event.
James Wood is a book critic at The New Yorker and the recipient of a National Magazine Award in criticism. He is the author of essay collections, the novel The Book Against God, and the study How Fiction Works. He is a professor of the practice of literary criticism at Harvard University. Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics and Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.’s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics and Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online.
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