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