JOSH WEIL - The Great Glass Sea


Monday, July 21 at 7PM

BookPeople Presents

Acclaimed Author

speaking & signing
The Great Glass Sea

Josh Weil, one of the National Book Award's "5 Under 35" and a Fulbright scholar, brings his debut novel to BookPeople tonight, an epic tragedy of brotherly love swathed in all the magic of Russian folklore and centered around Russian twin brothers living in a city of perpetual light. This is an ambitious novel of love, loss, and light, set amid a bold vision of an alternative present-day Russia.

 The Great Glass Sea is the Statesman Selects pick of the month!

About The Great Glass Sea:
Twins Yarik and Dima have been inseparable since childhood. Living on their uncle’s farm after the death of their father, the boys once spent their days helping farmers in fields, their nights spellbound by their uncle’s tales. Years later, they labor together at the Oranzheria, a sea of glass erected over acres of cropland and lit by space mirrors that ensnare the denizens of Petroplavilsk in perpetual daylight. Now the twins have only work in common—stalwart Yarik married with children, oppressed by the burden of responsibility; dreamer Dima living alone with his mother, wistfully planning the brothers’ return to their uncle’s land.

Josh Weil was the recipient of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction for his debut novella collection, The New Valley. He has been named a National Book Award "5 Under 35" author, a Fulbright scholar, and was a Jersey Fellow at Columbia University. His fiction has appeared in Granta, StoryQuarterly, and New England Review, among others. Weil divides his time between New York City and Southwestern Virginia.

Praise for Josh Weil:

“Weil’s prose is quiet and assured.”—Susan Larson, New Orleans Times-Picayune

“[Weil’s] language is exquisite, his sentences glorious. In fact, [he] writes the kinds of sentences you want to go sniff and then slosh around in your mouth for a while before heading into the next paragraph. The kind that make you set the book down and think, the kind that can break your heart with their truthful simplicity.” —Sherri Flick, Ploughshares

“He writes with little pretense or adornment, content to let the story come to him...Every word feels necessary.”—James Scott, The Rumpus

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Event date: 
Monday, July 21, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
The Great Glass Sea Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802122155
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Grove Press - July 2nd, 2014

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