Sigrid Nunez presents "What Are You Going Through," with Andrew Martin

September 16, 2021, 7:30 PM

Sigrid Nunez joins us for the paperback release of her newest novel What Are You Going Through, in conversation with Andrew Martin. This program will take place on Zoom. Register here:

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The New York Times-bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of The Friend brings her singular voice to a story about the meaning of life and death, and the value of companionship.

A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life: an ex she runs into by chance at a public forum, an Airbnb owner unsure how to interact with her guests, a stranger who seeks help comforting his elderly mother, a friend of her youth now hospitalized with terminal cancer. In each of these people the woman finds a common need: the urge to talk about themselves and to have an audience to their experiences. The narrator orchestrates this chorus of voices for the most part as a passive listener, until one of them makes an extraordinary request, drawing her into an intense and transformative experience of her own.

In What Are You Going Through, Nunez brings wisdom, humor, and insight to a novel about human connection and the changing nature of relationships in our times. A surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through hardship, her book offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.

Sigrid Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation CityThe Last of Her KindA Feather on the Breath of GodFor Rouenna, and the National Book Award-winning The Friend, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Nunez lives in New York City.

Andrew Martin is the author of the novel Early Work and the story collection Cool for America. His fiction has been published recently in The Paris ReviewThe Atlantic, and The Yale Review, and he is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.