These three Americans—all under 40—are rewriting the cultural persona of America for the world to meet anew. Joshua Ferris’ debut novel has been published in 25 languages and his third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, “captures what it is to be alive in early 21st-century America.” Cristina Henríquez, writes another reviewer, “blows open any traditional definition of ‘American’.” And Matthew Thomas “comes close to a definitive portrait of American social dynamics in the 20th century.” These are exciting voices from a new generation of American writers whose perspectives on humanity and empathy go well beyond their country’s national boundaries. Waking from the American Dream was moderated by writer,literary critic and former Granta magazine editor John Freeman.
Waking from the American Dream
Recorded at the Improv Centre on October 21, 2014