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TUPELO HASSMAN reads from her new book GODS WITH A LITTLE G with JIM KRUSOE

gods with a little g (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

A vibrant, powerful literary novel, gods with a little g is the story of Helen Dedleder, a teen trapped in politically bright red and extremely religious town, Rosary, California, with a widower father who is a true believer. Helen’s mom lost her battle with cancer when Helen was a child and her dad is mired in his grief, lost to the consolation prize of prayer, or so he seems until he finds love with the mother of the leader of Rosary’s rebels (the Dickheads), who also happens to be Helen’s secret crush. Helen tries to escape her father’s burgeoning romance and her own confusing feelings for the king of the Dickheads by focusing on her work apprenticing her aunt, the county’s lone psychic and spiritual rebel. 

When Helen begins her first real friendship with Win and Rainbolene, siblings just arrived in Rosary with an urgent desire to depart—Rain in part because she’ll finally be able to get the hormones she needs to full become herself—she starts to see a future for herself for the first time outside of the tea leaves she tries and fails to read under her aunt’s tutelage, though it may be too late. 

Set in a near version of the current political apocalypse, gods with a little g is about how being a teenager is an apocalypse all its own: there must be destruction for there to be hope. 

Praise for gods with a little g

"[A] melancholy, triumphant, slightly magical coming-of-age tale . . . Weird and uncomfortable and glorious--just like adolescence."--Kirkus, starred review

"Tupelo Hassman's writing makes me blather and drool. Hilarious and wise, smart and angry, tart and devastating, gods with a little g is a dark charm, full of dangerous magic. No other writer can limn the boundaries of female becoming like Hassman. Like a prism, this book possesses all the colors." --Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock: A Diary

"I couldn't put gods with a little g down. Tupelo Hassman again delivers with Helen Dedleder, an unsentimental, pragmatic, and often comical heroine. A brilliant coming-of-age story."--Willy Vlautin, author of Lean on Pete

"Tupelo Hassman has written a sacrament for girls growing up as we did, a liturgy for their irreverent, hilarious, resilient souls, a stylistically sly and beautiful book, a wild ride of a novel set in a California everyone should know."
--Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here and Highwire Moon

Tupelo Hassman's debut novel, Girlchild, was the recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Harper's Bazaar, Imaginary Oklahoma, The Independent, Portland Review, and ZYZZYVA, among other publications. She is the recipient of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award and the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, and is the first American to have won London's Literary Death Match. She earned her MFA at Columbia University.

Photo By Melissa Toms

Jim Krusoe has published six novels and two books of stories, Blood Lake and Abductions. His first novel, Iceland, was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2002. Since then, Tin House Books has published five novels: Girl Factory, ErasedToward YouParsifal, and, in 2016 The Sleep Garden. Jim teaches writing at Santa Monica College as well as in Antioch's MFA Creative Writing Program. He has also published five books of poems.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 5:00pm
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Los Angeles, CA 90027
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