presenting All’s Well: A Novel in conversation with LAURA ZIGMAN
Harvard Book Store’s virtual event series welcomes acclaimed novelist MONA AWAD—author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl and Bunny—for a discussion of her latest novel, All’s Well. She will be joined in conversation by LAURA ZIGMAN, author of the novels Animal Husbandry and Separation Anxiety.
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About All’s Well
Miranda Fitch’s life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her with excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now she’s on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, the play that promised, and cost, her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on staging Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers.
That’s when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Miranda’s past and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get what’s coming to them, and the invisible, doubted pain that’s kept her from the spotlight is made known.
With prose Margaret Atwood has described as “no punches pulled, no hilarities dodged . . . genius,” Mona Awad has concocted her most potent, subversive novel yet. All’s Well is the story of a woman at her breaking point and a formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective refusal to witness and believe female pain.
Praise for All’s Well
“A dazzling wild ride of a novel—daring, fresh, entertaining, and magical. Mona Awad is a powerful and poetic storyteller, telling us something new and profound here about the connection between suffering and elation. When I was away from this book, I longed to get back to it.” —George Saunders, New York Times bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo
“Wild and exhilarating and so fresh it takes your breath away, All’s Well is an utterly delicious novel of pain and vitality, Shakespeare and the uncanny, and our own subtle moral failures when we brush up against the pain of others. Mona Awad’s talent is so vital that it absolutely roars out of her. ” —Lauren Groff, New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies
“For all my fellow right-thinking adoring readers of Bunny, another dark and insane gem from Mona Awad, full of scintillating insights on Shakespeare, pain, and the human condition.” —Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction