Literary Affairs welcomes Adam Haslett, author of Imagine Me Gone, a finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award. Adam Haslett is an accomplished writer and in Imagine Me Gone he uses fiction and metaphor to present the most honest and raw representation on the page of a mind under siege. Within a novel he has given a far more vivid portrayal of depression than William Styron did by skimming the surface in his memoir Darkness Visible. Imagine Me Gone is more potent as it encompasses not just the individual but through multiple narratives the all-encompassing effect on a family. Adam Haslett has written a beautiful, harrowing, and witty book that explores the complexity of how we live with our family, how we can resent our family, how we carry the legacy and burden of family and through it all how we love and try to protect them.
Please join us for an exclusive Books & Breakfast event at the Hotel Bel Air on Thursday, April 20. We will have a book club style conversation with Julie Robinson and Adam Haslett about his compelling and emotionally sensitive novel Imagine Me Gone.
The morning will include a continental breakfast, Q&A and book signing.
WHEN: Thursday, April 20
WHERE: Hotel Bel Air
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, a fiercely intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save the people we love the most? When Margaret’s fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic, who makes sense of the world through parody, and the story of how, over the span of decades, his younger siblings—the savvy and responsible Celia, and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec—struggle with their mother to care for Michael’s increasingly troubled and precarious existence.
With his striking emotional precision and lively, inventive language, Adam Haslett has given us something rare: a novel with the power to change how you see the most important people in your life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Adam Haslett is the author of three works of fiction: the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here, which was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist; the novel Union Atlantic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize; and his most recent, the novel Imagine Me Gone. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, and his journalism and fiction have appeared in The Financial Times, Esquire, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and Best American Short Stories. He has been awarded the Berlin Prize by the American Academy in Berlin, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the PEN/Malamud and PEN/Winship Awards. In 2016, he received the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. A graduate of Swarthmore College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Yale Law School, he has been a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University. He lives in New York City.