Join author Deb Olin Unferth for a reading from her latest collection of stories, Wait Till You See Me Dance, followed by a conversation with Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn's Long
Join author Deb Olin Unferth for a reading from her latest collection of stories, Wait Till You See Me Dance, followed by a conversation with Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk).
The stories in Wait Till You See Me Dance make you laugh on the outside and cry a little on the inside. The stories are zany and imaginative, but also bite sharply with dark humor and physical and psychological violence. Wait Till You See Me Dance has earned praise from George Saunders, Sam Lipsyte, and Ben Marcus, among others.
For more than ten years, Deb Olin Unferth has been publishing wickedly comic, cutting-edge fiction in magazines such as Granta, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, NOON, and The Paris Review. Her stories are revered by some of the best American writers of our day.
Her first stand-alone collection of short fiction, Wait Till You See Me Dance reveals, in terrifying clarity, the rage, despair, and profound mournfulness that have taken up residence at the heart of the American dream. In the chilling The First Full Thought of Her Life, a shooter gets in position while a young girl climbs a sand dune. In Voltaire Night, students compete to tell a story about the worst thing that ever happened to them. In Stay Where You Are, two oblivious travelers in Central America are kidnapped by a gunman they assume to be an insurgent—but the gunman has his own problems. These stories often take place in an exaggerated or heightened reality, a quality that is reminiscent of the work of Donald Barthelme, Lorrie Moore, and George Saunders, but in Unferth’s unforgettable collection she carves out territory that is entirely her own.
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of Minor Robberies, Vacation, and Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Ben Fountain is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (recently adapted into a major motion picture, directed by Ang Lee). He has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and a Whiting Writers’ Award, among other honors and awards. He and his family live in Dallas.
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