Margot Singer - Salt Lake City
Oct 12, 2017, 7:00 pm
Salt Lake City
Wasatch Front Region
VenueThe King's English Bookshop
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City , UT 84105-2809
Margot Singer visits the King's English to discuss her new novel, Underground Fugue, which explores intergenerational relationships against the backdrop of terrorist attacks in London.
It’s April and Esther has left New York for London, partly to escape her buckling marriage, and partly to care for her dying mother; Lonia, Esther’s mother, is haunted by memories of fleeing Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II; Javad, their next-door neighbor and an Iranian neuroscientist, struggles to connect with his college-aged son; and Amir, Javad’s son, is seeking both identity and escape in his illicit exploration of the city’s forbidden spaces.
As Esther settles into life in London, a friendship develops among them. But when terrorists attack the London transit system in July 2005, someone goes missing, and the chaos that follows both fractures the possibilities for the future, and reveals the deep fault lines of the past.
Margot Singer is the author of a novel, Underground Fugue (Melville House, 2017); a collection of short stories, The Pale of Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2007), winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; and co-editor, with Nicole Walker, of Bending Genre (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), a collection of essays on creative nonfiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, Conjunctions, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, Agni, Ninth Letter, The Sun, and many others. Winner of the 2013 James Jones First Novel Fellowship, she has also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, the Carter Prize for the essay, and an honorable mention from the judges of the PEN/Hemingway Award. A graduate of Harvard College nad Oxford University (where she was a Marshall Scholar), she completed her Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Utah in 2005. She currently teaches English/Creative Writing at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
This event is made possible with support from Utah Humanities and The King's English Bookshop