Amitava Kumar, author of the Northshire Staff Pick Immigrant, Montana (and one of President Obama's year-end favorites), returns to Northshire Bookstore for his "blistering" new novel A Time Outside This Time about our "maddening cultural moment." This virtual event will be in conversation with fellow novelist (and Northshire Staff Favorite) Jenny Offill.
Amitava Kumar, who visited both Northshire locations to celebrate the publication of his previous novel, Immigrant, Montana, joins us for a virtual event to discuss his new book, A Time Outside This Time, with fellow novelist Jenny Offill, the author of Weather and Dept. of Speculation.
A Time Outside This Time is a blistering novel about a writer’s creative response to the daily onslaught of fake news, memory, and the ways in which truth gives over to fiction
“An absorbing portrait of an inspired artist in the midst of our maddening cultural moment” —Ayad Akhtar, author of Homeland Elegies
When Satya, a professor and author, attends a prestigious artists' retreat to write, he finds the pressures of the outside world won’t let up: the president rages online; a dangerous virus envelops the globe; and the twenty-four-hour news cycle throws fuel on every fire. For most of the retreat fellows, such stories are unbearable distractions, but for Satya, who sees them play out in both America and his native India, these Orwellian interruptions begin to crystallize into an idea for his new novel, Enemies of the People, about the lies we tell ourselves and one another. Satya scours his life for instances in which truth bends toward the imagined and misinformation is mistaken as fact.
Mixing Satya’s experiences—as a father, husband, and American immigrant—with newspaper clippings, the president’s tweets, and observations on famous works of art, A Time Outside This Time captures a feverish political moment with intelligence, beauty, and an eye for the uncanny. It is a brilliant interrogation on life in a post-truth era and an attempt to imagine a time outside this one.
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