58 Grand and Monumental
Peter Behrens’ novel is also a historical epic, ranging from golden Edwardian summers to London under Zeppelin attack, Ireland fighting for independence and pre-war Germany. Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel is described as epic, magisterial and monumental. Not one to start out her career small, Gyasi traces three hundred years in Ghana and America as the effects of selling humans are felt generation after generation. Madeleine Thien tackles the impact of history, from Mao’s cultural revolution to Tiananmen Square, on one Chinese family. And Colson Whitehead tracks a slave’s escape state by state, creating a shattering meditation on our shared history. Join four big thinkers, staring into the eyes of the past, to talk about creating intimate portraits of people pitted against forces beyond their control.