At Skylight: Hari Kunzru presents BLUE RUIN w/ Rachel Kushner

At Skylight: Hari Kunzru presents BLUE RUIN w/ Rachel Kushner

Join us for a profound and enthralling novel about beauty and power, capital, art and those who devote their lives to creating it, from one of the sharpest voices in fiction today.

Once, Jay was an artist. After graduating from art school in London, he was tipped for greatness, a promising career taking shape before him. That was not to happen. Now, undocumented in the United States, having survived Covid, he lives out of his car and barely makes a living as an essential worker, delivering groceries in a wealthy area of upstate New York. One day, as Jay attempts to make a delivery at a house surrounded by acres of woods, he is confronted by his destructive past: Alice, a former lover from his art school days, and the friend she left him for. Recognizing Jay’s dire circumstances, Alice invites him to stay on their property—where an erratic gallery owner and his girlfriend are isolating as well—setting in motion a reckoning that has been decades in the making.

Gripping and brilliantly orchestrated, Blue Ruin moves back and forth through time, delivering an extraordinary portrait of an artist as he reunites with his past and confronts the world he once loved and left behind.

HARI KUNZRU is the author of six novels, Red Pill, White Tears, Gods Without Men, My Revolutions, Transmission, and The Impressionist. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin and the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, he is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and writes the “Easy Chair” column for Harper's Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at New York University.

Rachel Kushner is the bestselling author of the novel Creation Lake, forthcoming from Scribner in September 2024, plus three other novels: the Booker- and NBCC Award–shortlisted The Mars Room; The Flamethrowers, a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times top ten book of 2013; and Telex from Cuba, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her collection of essays, The Hard Crowd, was published in 2021. She grew up in San Francisco and lives in Los Angeles.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Blue Ruin: A novel By Hari Kunzru Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593801376
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2024