Northshire Saratoga: Elisa Albert - "Human Blues" - in conversation with Julia May Jonas, author of Vladimir

In person at our NY location!
Event date: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

 

We are delighted to welcome you back to this in person event at our Saratoga Springs, NY store!

The author will join us to discuss her provocative, hilarious and entertaining send-up of feminism, fame, art, commerce, and autonomy.  She will discuss the book with Julia May Jonas, the author of "Vladimir."

"What a weird and wild and brilliant read. This ambitious and thoughtful novel follows Aviva - an indie musician on the rise, desperate to be pregnant, deeply skeptical of the fertility industry, and obsessed with the music and early death of Amy Winehouse. The experimental form (the book is structured around the protagonist's menstrual cycles) supports a deeply entertaining read." — Northshire Event Manager Rachel Person

From an author whose writing has been praised as “blistering” (The New Yorker), “virtuosic” (The Washington Post), and “brilliant” (The New York Times) comes a provocative and entertaining novel about a woman who desperately wants a child but struggles to accept the use of assisted reproductive technology—a hilarious and ferocious send-up of feminism, fame, art, commerce, and autonomy.

On the eve of her fourth album, singer-songwriter Aviva Rosner is plagued by infertility. The twist: as much as Aviva wants a child, she is wary of technological conception, and has poured her ambivalence into her music. As the album makes its way in the world, the shock of the response from fans and critics is at first exciting—and then invasive and strange. Aviva never wanted to be famous, or did she? Meanwhile, her evolving obsession with another iconic musician, gone too soon, might just help her make sense of things.

Told over the course of nine menstrual cycles, Human Blues is a bold, brainy, darkly funny, utterly original interrogation of our cultural obsession with childbearing. It’s also the story of one fearless woman at the crossroads, ruthlessly questioning what she wants and what she’s willing—or not willing—to do to get it.

What a weird and wild and brilliant read. This ambitious and thoughtful novel follows Aviva - an indie musician on the rise, desperate to be pregnant, deeply skeptical of the fertility industry, and obsessed with the music and early death of Amy Winehouse. The experimental form (the book is structured around the protagonist's menstrual cycles) supports a deeply entertaining read. — Rachel Person

Elisa Albert is the author of After BirthThe Book of DahliaHow This Night Is Different, and editor of the anthology Freud’s Blind Spot. Her stories and essays have appeared in TimeThe GuardianThe New York Timesn+1Bennington ReviewTin HouseMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe Literary Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in upstate New York. 

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Human Blues: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982167868
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 5th, 2022

Vladimir: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982187637
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 1st, 2022

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