SUSAN STEINBERG reads from her debut novel MACHINE with SARAH MANGUSO

Machine (Graywolf Press)

Susan Steinberg’s first novel, Machine, is a dazzling and innovative leap forward for a writer whose most recent book, Spectacle, gained her a rapturous following. Machine revolves around a group of teenagers—both locals and wealthy out-of-towners—during a single summer at the shore. After a local girl drowns, the narrator tries to piece together what happened and struggles to find mooring in the aftermath. In formally daring prose, Steinberg captures the violence of desire and its reverberations. The restless rhythm of the novel propels a sharply drawn narrative that ferociously interrogates gender, class, privilege, and the disintegration of identity in the shadow of trauma. Machine is the kind of novel--relentless and bold--that only Susan Steinberg could have written. 

Praise for Machine:

"Steinberg's daring experiments with style and perspective make clear that such stock suspense isn't the point. The narrator's real quest is to discover whether a soul--hers, if it exists--can be saved."--The Atlantic

"Steinberg writes in small, interconnected, and poetic fragments. . . . Heartbreaking, eerie, and acutely observant."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"What makes [Machine] so thrilling is Steinberg's artistry with form; she fractures narrative into its fundamental parts. Steinberg writes prose with a poet's sense of meter and line, and a velocity recalling the novels of Joan Didion. The result is a dizzying work that perfectly evokes the feeling of spinning out of control."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Otherworldly, and every-other-line sublime, Machine reads like the text messages Laura Palmer might send back from the Black Lodge. It's a timely reminder of why our culture remains haunted by dead girls, and of the different ways we find to drown them."--Bennett Sims

"Machine is an astonishment. . . . Another breakthrough for modern fiction."--Sam Lipsyte

"Susan Steinberg is a conventions-defying, form-innovating wizard of a writer, and I already can't wait to reread her newest book, Machine. Unique, astounding, and terribly and splendidly moving, this novel is a revelation."-- R. O. Kwon

Susan Steinberg is the author of Spectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love. She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.

Author Photo by Noah Doely

Sarah Manguso is the author of seven books including Ongoingness, The Guardians, and The Two Kinds of Decay. She lives in California.

Author Photo by Andy Ryan

Event date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 7:30pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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