Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor
The characters in Praying Drunk
speak in tongues, torture their classmates, fall in love, hunt for immortality, abandon their children, keep machetes beneath passenger seats, and collect porcelain figurines. From Kentucky to Florida to Haiti, these seemingly disparate lives are woven together within a series of nested repetitions, enacting the struggle to remain physically and spiritually alive throughout the untamable turbulence of their worlds. In a masterful blend of fiction, autobiography, and surrealism, Kyle Minor shows us that the space between fearlessness and terror is often very small. Long before Praying Drunk
reaches its plaintive, pitch-perfect end, Minor establishes himself again and again as one of the most talented younger writers in America.