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NONA CASPERS TO READ AT WHY THERE ARE WORDS SERIES

Why There Are Words in Sausalito at Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA

Join Why There Are Words in Sausalito September 13, 2018, at Studio 333, when special guest Nona Caspers will read along with five authors from Black Lawrence Press. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15, $10 entry fee at the door. Cash bar.

The Fifth Woman, Nona Caspers
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Nona Caspers recently released a novel-in-stories, The Fifth Woman (Sarabande Books, August 2018), which was honored with the Mary McCarthy award from Sarabande. Earlier books include Little Book of Days (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) and Heavier than Air (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006), which received the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was a NYTBR Editors’ Choice. Her stories have appeared in journals such as Kenyon ReviewGlimmer Train, and The Sun. In 2014, she co-edited with Joell Hallowell Lawfully Wedded Wives: Rethinking Marriage in the 21st Century (Triton Books). Other awards include a NEA fellowship, San Francisco Cultural Equity Grant, and LAMBDA nomination. She is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.

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At the center of this book is the death of the narrator’s partner in a bicycling accident. Each short chapter serves as a brief vignette of, or occasionally a magical-realist metaphor for, the grieving process. A shadow of a dog appears in her apartment with no apparent source; a crack opens in the ceiling and splits her building down the middle. One day she notices in the alley below her window four women chatting together and a fifth, with no features, standing on the perimeter. She finds herself wondering: What did she want from me? What are the things that matter? At times dryly comical, at other times radiantly surreal, The Fifth Woman is a testament to the resurrecting power of memory and enduring love.