At Skylight: Hilary Leichter presents TERRACE STORY w/ Xuan Juliana Wang

Join us for a new journey from the author of the acclaimed novel Temporary, an intimate exploration of time, a fable about love, an epic daydream for a broken-hearted world

Annie, Edward, and their young daughter, Rose, live in a cramped apartment. One night, without warning, they find a beautiful terrace hidden in their closet. It wasn’t there before, and it seems to only appear when their friend Stephanie visits. A city dweller’s dream come true! But every extra bit of space has a hidden cost, and the terrace sets off a seismic chain of events, forever changing the shape of their tiny home, and the shape of the world.

Terrace Story follows the characters who suffer these repercussions and reverberations: the little family of three, their future now deeply uncertain, and those who orbit their fragile universe. The distance and love between these characters expands limitlessly, across generations. How far can the mind travel when it’s looking for something that is gone? Where do we put our loneliness, longing, and desire? What do we do with the emotions that seem to stretch beyond the body, beyond the boundaries of life and death?

Based on the National Magazine Award–winning story, Hilary Leichter’s profound second novel asks how we nurture love when death looms over every moment. From one of our most innovative and daring writers, Terrace Story is an astounding meditation on loss, a reverie about extinction, and a map for where to go next.

Hilary Leichter is the author of the novels Temporary and Terrace Story. She has been a finalist for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Prize, and her work in Harper's Magazine won the 2021 National Magazine Award in Fiction. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Xuan Juliana Wang is the author of the short story collection Home Remedies, which received the California Book Award for First Fiction and was a New York Public Library Young Lions and PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize finalist. Her writing has appeared in New York Times, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Aperture. She teaches creative writing at UCLA. 

Event date: 
Friday, September 8, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Terrace Story: A Novel By Hilary Leichter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063265813
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - August 29th, 2023

Temporary (Emily Books) By Hilary Leichter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566895668
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - March 3rd, 2020

Home Remedies: Stories By Xuan Juliana Wang Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781984822741
Published: Hogarth - May 14th, 2019