Join us on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00pm for a book talk and signing with Andrew Altschul, author of The Gringa. Andrew will be in conversation with local author Ellen Meeropol.
About the Book
A gripping and subversive novel about the slippery nature of truth and the tragic consequences of American idealism …
Leonora Gelb came to Peru to make a difference. A passionate and idealistic Stanford grad, she left a life of privilege to fight poverty and oppression, but her beliefs are tested when she falls in with violent revolutionaries. While death squads and informants roam the streets and suspicion festers among the comrades, Leonora plans a decisive act of protest—until her capture in a bloody government raid, and a sham trial that sends her to prison for life.
Ten years later, Andres—a failed novelist turned expat—is asked to write a magazine profile of “La Leo.” As his personal life unravels, he struggles to understand Leonora, to reconstruct her involvement with the militants, and to chronicle Peru’s tragic history. At every turn he’s confronted by violence and suffering, and by the consequences of his American privilege. Is the real Leonora an activist or a terrorist? Cold-eyed conspirator or naïve puppet? And who is he to decide?
In this powerful and timely new novel, Andrew Altschul maps the blurred boundaries between fact and fiction, author and text, resistance and extremism. Part coming-of-age story and part political thriller, The Gringa asks what one person can do in the face of the world’s injustice.
About the Authors
Andrew Altschul is the author of the novels Lady Lazarus and Deus Ex Machina. His work has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and O. Henry Prize Stories. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Standrod University, he was the founding books editor at The Rumpus and is a Contributing Editor at Zyzzyva. He teaches at Colorado State University.
Ellen Meeropol is the author of four novels: Her Sister’s Tattoo, Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, and House Arrest. Recent/forthcoming publications include Ms Magazine, Solstice, Lilith, The Boston Globe, Guernica, and The Writer’s Chronicle. She lives in Northampton, MA where she is a founding member of Straw Dog Writers Guild and coordinates their Social Justice Writing Project.
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