Emma Copley Eisenberg in Conversation With Kimberly King Parsons

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Wednesday, July 10, 7 pm
Powell's City of Books Pearl District (Portland)
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Two young housemates embark on a road trip to discover themselves in a fractured America in Emma Copley Eisenberg’s Housemates (Hogarth) — a sparkling novel of love, friendship, and chosen family, from the author of The Third Rainbow Girl. What does it feel like, standing in the moments that will mark your life? When Bernie replies to Leah's ad for a new housemate in Philadelphia, the two begin an intense and defiantly uncategorizable friendship based on a mutual belief in their art and in one another. Both aspire to capture the world around them: Leah through her writing; Bernie through her photography. After Bernie's former photography professor, the renowned yet tarnished Daniel Dunn, dies and leaves her a complicated inheritance, Leah volunteers to accompany Bernie to his home in rural Pennsylvania, turning the jaunt into a road trip with an ambitious mission: to document America through words and photographs. What ensues is a three-week journey into the heart of the nation, bringing the artists into conversation with people from all walks of life — “the absurd dreamers and failures of this wide, wide country” — as they try to make sense of the times they are living in. Along the way, Leah and Bernie discover what it means to pursue their own ideas and dreams, and to embrace what they are capable of both romantically and artistically. Housemates is a warm and insightful coming-of-age story of youth and freedom, a glorious celebration of queer life, and an exploration of how art and love might save us all. Eisenberg will be joined in conversation by Kimberly King Parsons, author of the forthcoming novel We Were the Universe and the short story collection Black Light.

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