Virtual Event: Marc Anthony Richardson and Carolina de Robertis

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 6:00pm

Cover image of Messiahs. It's an abstract image of reds, what looks like a slight blood splatter, and a shaky view through a window. There what looks like a drop of blue paint in the bottom right corner. On the bottom it says Messiahs in a light blue font and Marc Anthony Richardson in a light yellow font
Join us on Wednesday, August 25 at 6pm PT when Marc Anthony Richardson joins us to discuss his novel, Messiahs, with Carolina de Robertis on Zoom!

Zoom Registration
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Praise for Messiahs
Messiahs is a fever dream of storytelling. It explores racism and interracial conflict, the deadly prison industrial complex, climate emergency, social death, and more in prose that unfurls like waves of sound. Bleak, though not without hope, challenging, though with numerous rewards along the way, innovative from start to finish, Messiahs is a marvel.”
—John Keene, MacArthur Fellow and author of Annotations and Counternarratives

“In Messiahs, Marc Anthony Richardson gives us an innovative, intelligent, and insightful take on several American obsessions, including punishment, incarceration, and the death penalty. As much as this layered narrative presents a warning about things to come, it also offers a profound examination of rebirth, redemption, second-acts. All in all an unnerving, uncanny, and challenging read on many levels, but well worth the effort.”
—Jeffery Renard Allen, Guggenheim Fellow and author of Rails Under My Back and Song of the Shank

About Messiahs
A fiercely ecstatic tale of betrayal and self-sacrifice.

Messiahs centers on two nameless lovers, a woman of east Asian descent and a former state prisoner, a black man who volunteered incarceration on behalf of his falsely convicted nephew, yet was "exonerated" after more than two years on death row. In this dystopian America, one can assume a relative's capital sentence as an act of holy reform-"the proxy initiative," patterned after the Passion. The lovers begin their affair by exchanging letters, and after his release, they withdraw to a remote cabin during a torrential winter, haunted by their respective past tragedies. Savagely ostracized by her family for years, the woman is asked by her mother to take the proxy initiative for her brother-creating a conflict she cannot bear to share with her lover. Comprised of ten poetic paragraphs, Messiahs' rigorous style and sustained intensity equals agony and ecstasy.
 

About Marc Anthony Richardson
Marc Anthony Richardson
 is author of Year of the Rat, winner of an American Book Award, and is the recipient of a Creative Capital Award, a PEN America grant, and a Hurston/Wright fellowship. He teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Messiahs By Marc Anthony Richardson Cover Image
$24.23
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ISBN: 9781573661904
Published: Fiction Collective 2 - August 24th, 2021

 2021 Big Other Book Award Fiction Finalist

A fiercely ecstatic tale of betrayal and self-sacrifice
 
Messiahs centers on two nameless lovers, a woman of east Asian descent and a former state prisoner, a black man who volunteered incarceration on behalf of his falsely convicted nephew, yet was “exonerated” after more than two


The President and the Frog: A novel By Carolina De Robertis Cover Image
$25.00
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ISBN: 9780593318416
Published: Knopf - August 3rd, 2021

A "sublime and gripping novel ... about hope: that within the world's messy pain there is still room for transformation and healing" (Madeline Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Circe), from the acclaimed author of Cantoras.


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