Reading: Nathan Englander with Chris Adrian

A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel’s most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner’s existence. From these vastly different lives Nathan Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined–a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong–who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner? A tour de force from one of America’s most acclaimed voices in contemporary fiction.

Chris Adrian is the author of the novels Gob’s Grief, The Children’s Hospital, and The Great Night, and the story collection, A Better Angel. He is co-author of the novel, The New World, with Eli Horowitz. His work has been featured in publications such as The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Best American Short Stories, and McSweeney’s. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, and inclusion in The New Yorker’s 2010 “20 under 40” Fiction Issue.

1:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St., Iowa City, IA