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Saturday, October 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fiction: Motherhood

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All stories may be about relationships, but the connections--nourishing, fraught, or lacking--between mothers and their children offer especially rich fodder for fiction writers. In this session, we’ll explore how three accomplished writers portray the maternal bond. The twelve stories in National Book Award finalist Kate Walbert’s new short story collection, She Was Like That, combine to depict the vast complexities of women’s lives as daughters, wives, and mothers, showing, according to Kirkus Reviews, how “love and loneliness can occupy a heart together.” Helen Phillips’s literary thriller The Need, recently longlisted for the National Book Award, uses tropes of horror and suspense fiction to interrogate one young mother’s complicated and at times frightening feelings about motherhood, as she (not to mention readers) questions her grip on reality. And in Welcome to America, Linda Boström Knausgård turns the tables, utilizing the perspective of a young girl whose father has suddenly died to explore how this traumatic loss redefines everything, including her relationship with her mother. Novelist and parenting expert Lynne Griffin is the perfect host for this session on mothers and children in fiction.

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Lynne Griffin

Lynne Griffin is the author of family-focused novels like Girl Sent Away, Sea Escape, and Life Without Summer, and parenting guides like Let’s Talk About it: Adolescent Mental Health and Negotiation Generation. Her articles have appeared in Parenting magazine, Boston Globe, Huffington... Read More →

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Helen Phillips

Helen Phillips is a novelist, children’s book author, and professor at Brooklyn College. A graduate of Yale and Brooklyn College’s MFA program. Phillips has had work appear in the Atlantic, the New York Times, and Tin House. She is the author of five books: Some Possible Solutions... Read More →
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Kate Walbert

Kate Walbert is the author of seven novels, including a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a National Book Award finalist, and a New York Times Book Review ten best books of the year title. Her work can be found in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, The Best American Short... Read More →
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Linda Boström Knausgård

Linda Boström Knausgård is a Swedish author and poet, as well as a producer of documentaries for national radio. Her first novel, The Helios Disaster, was awarded the Mare Kandre Prize and shortlisted for the Swedish Radio Novel Award 2014. Welcome to America, her second novel... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
BAC Cascieri Hall 320 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02115