This event will be held at our 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset.
Join us on Wednesday, November 8 at 7pm PT when Molly McGhee celebrates the release of Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind with Colin Winnette at 9th Ave!
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Praise for Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind
"Molly McGhee's luminary imagination makes this debut a wonder. Precision, humor, heart, this is a stunner." —Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, bestselling author of Friday Black and Chain Gang All Stars
"An exuberant, poignant, freewheeling debut full of complication and surprise. It is also often very funny."—Jeff VanderMeer, author of the NYT-bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy
"A deeply humane novel that perfectly marries the strangeness and terror of everything we can’t explain about ourselves, to ourselves, and the everyday horrors of contemporary workplace culture. Molly McGhee knows the stuff our dreams are made of — she's a marvelous chronicler of the fantastic, the perverse, and the sublime."—Kelly Link, author of White Cat, Black Dog
About Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind
Jonathan Abernathy is a self-proclaimed loser. . . he’s behind on his debts, has no prospects, no friends, and no ambitions. But when a government loan forgiveness program offers him a literal dream job, he thinks he’s found his big break. If he can appear to be competent at his new job, entering the minds of middle class workers while they sleep and removing the unsavory detritus of their waking lives from their unconscious, he might have a chance at a new life. As Abernathy finds his footing in this role, reality and morality begin to warp around him. Soon, the lines between life and work, love and hate, right and wrong, even sleep and consciousness, begin to blur.
Molly McGhee touches on themes most people know all too well—the relentlessly crushing weight of debt, the recognition that work won’t love you back and the awkwardness of finding love when you are without hope. A workplace novel, at once tender, startling, and deeply funny, Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind is a stunning, critical work of surrealist fiction, a piercing critique of late-stage capitalism, and a reckoning with its true cost.
About Molly McGhee
Molly McGhee is from a cluster of unincorporated towns outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her M.F.A. in fiction at Columbia University, where, in addition to receiving a Chair’s Fellowship, she taught in the undergraduate creative writing department. She has worked in the editorial departments of McSweeney’s, The Believer, NOON, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Tor. Currently living in Brooklyn, her work has appeared in The Paris Review.
About Colin Winnette
Colin Winnette is the author of several books, translated into multiple languages, including Haints Stay and The Job of the Wasp. His new novel Users was one of the New Yorker's "Best Books of 2023" and was called "...a timeless and moving story about fatherhood and one man’s yearning for a more meaningful life," by the NY Times. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including McSweeney's, Playboy, and BOMB Magazine. He lives in San Francisco, and you can find him online at colinwinnette.net.
"The novel is a magical-realist office drama infused with millennial anomie, and McGhee’s canny, often bittersweetly hilarious prose reads as if George Saunders infiltrated the Severance writers’ room."
—Rafael Frumkin, Washington Post
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Marrying the philosophical absurdities of life, technology, start-up culture, and family, Users is for readers of Ling Ma, Dave Eggers’s The Circle, and viewers of the hit Apple TV+ original series Severance