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Meghan Gilliss in person

Join us in person on Tuesday, September 13 at 7 PM as Meghan Gilliss discusses her debut novel, Lungfish. She will be joined in conversation by Libby Flores.

About the Book

Tuck is slow to understand the circumstances that have driven her family to an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine, the former home of her deceased grandmother where she once spent her childhood summers. Squatting there now, she must care for her spirited young daughter and scrape together enough money to leave before winter arrives—or before they are found out.

Relying on the island for sustenance and answers—bladderwrack, rosehips, tenacious little green crabs; smells held by the damp walls of the house, field guides and religious texts, a failed invention left behind by her missing father—Tuck lives moment-by-moment through the absurdity, beauty, paranoia, and hunger that shoots through her life, as her husband struggles to detox.

Exquisitely written and formally daring, Lungfish tells the story of a woman grappling through the lies she has been told—and those she has told herself—to arrive at the truth of who she is and where she must go. Meghan Gilliss’s debut is a brilliant and heartbreaking novel about addiction, doubt, marriage, motherhood, and learning to see in the dark.

About the Author

MEGHAN GILLISS attended the Bennington Writing Seminars and is a fellow of the Hewnoaks Artist Residency. She has worked as a journalist, a bookseller, a librarian, and a hospital worker, and lives in Portland, Maine. Lungfish is her first novel.

About Libby Flores

Libby Flores is a 2008 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Gagosian Quarterly,  American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, Post Road Magazine, Mc Sweeney’s, Tin House /The Open Bar, The Guardian,  Paper Darts, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the former Director of Literary Programs at PEN Center USA (now PEN America Los Angeles). In 2018 she directed the  Believer Festival in Las Vegas. She is the Associate Publisher at  BOMB magazine. Libby holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College.  She lives in Brooklyn, but will always be a Texan. 


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Event date: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
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ISBN: 9781646220915
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Published: Catapult - September 13th, 2022

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