9th Ave: Laura van den Berg with Meng Jin

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset. 

Cover of Laura van den Berg's novel State of Paradise. The cover is a painting of thick rainforest trees, the title is written in a circle in orange.
Join us on Wednesday, July 17 at 7pm PT when we celebrate the release of Laura van den Berg's novel, State of Paradise, with Meng Jin at 9th Ave!

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Praise for State of Paradise
"Pitch perfect and exquisitely composed. Laura van den Berg is a gifted and audacious writer and she's written a novel of weight, power and beauty. I couldn't put it down." —Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown

"State of Paradise chronicles strange pandemic days, the rise of mindless electronic escape, and grief's otherworldly whims in a wholly original and epically engaging novel from a master of episodic oddity. I'll follow Laura van den Berg wherever she wants to take me, even Florida." —Rachel Yoder, author of Nightbitch

"State of Paradise is deeply, thrillingly weird. With missing sisters, sinkholes, cults, and floods, the novel is as surprising and compelling as Florida itself. Laura van den Berg's brilliance is only further confirmed by every book she writes?this newest one will blow your mind." —Julia Phillips, author of Bear

About State of Paradise
A heart-racing fun house of uncanniness hidden in Florida’s underbelly, from a reality-warping storyteller.

Along with her husband, a ghostwriter for a famous thriller author returns to her mother's house in the Florida town where she grew up. As the summer heat sets in, she wrestles with family secrets and memories of her own troubled youth. Her mercurial sister, who lives next door, spends a growing amount of time using MIND’S EYE, a virtual reality device provided to citizens of the town by ELECTRA, a tech company in South Florida, during the doldrums of a recent pandemic. But it’s not just the ominous cats, her mother’s burgeoning cult, or the fact that her belly button has become an increasingly deep cavern—something is off in the town, and it probably has to do with the posters of missing citizens spread throughout the streets.

During a violent rainstorm, the writer’s sister goes missing for several days. When she returns, sprawled on their mother’s lawn and speaking of another dimension, the writer is forced to investigate not only what happened to her sister and the other missing people but also the uncanny connections between ELECTRA, the famous author, and reality itself.

A sticky, rain-soaked reckoning with the elusive nature of storytelling, Laura van den Berg’s State of Paradise is an interlocking and page-turning whirlwind. With inimitable control and thrilling style, she reaches deep into the void and returns with a story far stranger than either reality or fiction.

About Laura van den Berg
Laura van den Berg is the author of three story collections, including I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, which was named one the ten best fiction books of 2020 by Time, and the novels Find Me and The Third Hotel, which was a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Fiction AwardShe is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a PEN/O. Henry Award, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and she is a two-time finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Born and raised in Florida, she splits her time between the Boston area and Central Florida.

About Meng Jin
Meng Jin
is the author of the novel little gods (Custom House) and the short story collection Self-Portrait with Ghost (Mariner). She is a Kundiman fellow, a David TK Wong fellow, a Steinbeck fellow, and indebted to many other institutions, granting bodies, and kind humans for their support. Her short fiction has been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prizes, and her books have been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner, PEN/Open Book Award, NYPL Young Lions Prize, and the LATimes First Fiction Prize. She is currently writing a fake memoir, for which she received a 2021 Creative Capital Award.


State of Paradise: A Novel By Laura van den Berg Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374612207
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 9th, 2024

Named a Most Anticipated Book by TIME, Oprah Daily, Esquire, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Marie Claire, ELLE, Bustle, and Lit Hub. An Apple Best Book of July.

The Isle of Youth: Stories By Laura van den Berg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250339515
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Published: Picador - May 28th, 2024

"[Laura van den Berg is] a master of the short story form. Hers are deliciously unnerving, moving, and monstrous tales.” —Karen Russell, author of Orange World and other stories

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories By Laura van den Berg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250798664
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Published: Picador - July 27th, 2021

ONE OF TIME'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF 2020. Longlisted for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. Named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR, Bustle, Good Housekeeping, the New York Public Library, Library Journal, Lit Hub, Electric Literature, and Tor.com

Little Gods: A Novel By Meng Jin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062935960
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Mariner Books - January 12th, 2021


“Compellingly complex…Expands the future of the immigrant novel even as it holds us in uneasy thrall to the past.” – Gish Jen, New York Times Book Review

Self-Portrait with Ghost: Short Stories By Meng Jin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063160729
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Mariner Books - July 4th, 2023

“A knockout short story collection...Each one of these 10 dizzyingly immersive stories offers up a heady and visceral portrait of what ails us, from isolation and self-doubt, to unrequited love and regret over what might have been, to what it means to be (and to be considered) an American." -- San Francisco Chronicle

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