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Benjamin Nugent

Join us on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00pm on Zoom for a book talk with Benjamin Nugent, author of Fraternity: Stories. Benjamin will be in conversation with Northampton-based author Rachel B. Glaser.

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About the Book

Voiced by an off-kilter chorus of the young and desperate to belong, Benjamin Nugent’s provocative collection pries the fraternity door off its hinges, daring us to peer inside with amusement, horror, and also love.

In a Massachusetts college town stands a dilapidated colonial: Delta Zeta Chi. Here, we meet Newton, the beloved chapter president; Oprah, the sensitive reader; Petey, the treasurer, loyal to a fault; Claire, the couch-surfing dropout who hopes to sell them drugs; and a girl known, for unexpected reasons, as God. Though the living room reeks of sweat and spilled beer, the brothers know that to be inside is everything.

Fraternity celebrates the debauched kinship of boys and girls straddling adolescence and adulthood: the drunken antics, solemn confessions, and romantic encounters that mark their first years away from home. Beneath each episode lies the dread of exclusion. The closeted Oprah’s hero worship gives way to real longing. A combat veteran offers advice on hazing. An alienated young woman searches for a sanctuary. And the shadow of assault hovers over every sexual encounter.

About the Author

Benjamin Nugent is the winner of The Paris Review’s 2019 Terry Southern Prize. His stories have appeared in The Best American Short StoriesThe Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from The Paris Review. He has written for n+1The New York Times MagazineTime, and other publications. He is the author of the novel Good Kids and the nonfiction book American Nerd.

Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the story collection Pee On Water, the novel Paulina & Fran, and the poetry books MOODS and HAIRDO. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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ISBN: 9780374158606
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 7th, 2020

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