Gary Shteyngart with Maeve Higgins at Murmrr
June 4, 2019, 7:30 PM
Murmrr Lit is proud to welcome Gary Shteyngart for a reading and conversation with comedian Maeve Higgins about his newest novel, Lake Success. Tickets are $15-25 at Murmrr.
In this biting, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times, two imperfect, brilliantly realized characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making. Myopic, narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his 3-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife Seema—a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth—has her own demons to face.
Maeve Higgins is a contributing writer for The New York Times and the host of the hit podcast Maeve in America: Immigration IRL. She is a comedian who has performed all over the world, and cohosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, and has appeared on WNYC’s 2 Dope Queens and Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me. Her book Maeve in America was published has been featured in People, Parade, Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, and more. Maeve co-hosts the climate justice podcast Mothers of Invention with Mary Robinson.