Book Launch: Silk Flowers by Meghan Lamb
Join us at City Lit Books to celebrate the book launch of Meghan Lamb's new book, Silk Flowers. Meghan Lamb will be joined by chicago authors Annah Browning and Amanda Goldblatt.
Though bits of Silk Flowers were assembled in Seattle, Hershey, and St. Louis, its inception (and most of its writing) took place in Lamb’s hometown of Chicago. Lamb is excited to open her tour for Silk Flowers in this city, which still feels very much like home: beginning—in a sense—where the book began.
A hybrid of fabulist and minimalist fiction, this novel details a woman’s mysterious illness from the dual perspectives of wife and husband, gesturing to issues of disability and female representation, troubling the language that surrounds cultural narratives of sickness and recovery. It was composed during a nine-month period wherein Lamb’s left leg mysteriously stopped working. She was diagnosed with a peroneal neuropathy and told that her nerve would regenerate “eventually.” Seven years later, her left leg works normally: all that remains of her mysterious illness are intermittent, shooting pains, and this strange embodied text.
"A poetry of the body these words—a meticulous meditation. With a full control of voice and tone, Meghan Lamb captures the complexities of illness, on relationships, on memory, on the disappearing self, the lonely isolation of an altered state. A serious and elegant book."
—Sean Lovelace, author of Fog Gorgeous Stag
"Silk Flowers is incisive, intimate, ethereal yet physical, capturing the disconnect between lovers, a disconnect that appears to travel deep into each one of them and then manifest in mysterious, unbidden ways. Sharply written, structured in an almost unsettling his/hers dichotomy, this is a novel that will make the reader ponder the distances between and within."
—Dao Strom, author of We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People
"The seemingly affectless language of this short, serrated novel hides rages and terrors just looking for the chance to do in a nice reader like you. Silk Flowers is the sort of novel a better mother would've warned you about."
—James Tadd Adcox, author of Does Not Love
Meghan Lamb is from Chicago, Illinois. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she served as an editor for Dorothy, A Publishing Project. She is the author of the novel Silk Flowers and the novella Sacramento. Her fictions and essays can be found in DIAGRAM, Redivider, Nat.Brut, The Collagist, The Rumpus, Passages North, PANK, and elsewhere.
Annah Browning received her M.F.A. in poetry writing from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in English at The University of Illinois-Chicago, where she teaches composition and poetry writing. Her work has appeared in The Southeast Review, Anti-, The Kenyon Review Online, The Bellingham Review, Harpur Palate, DIAGRAM, Word For/Word, and Sixth Finch, among other journals. Her chapbook-length sequence, The Inheritors, is viewable for free online through The White Whale Review.
Amanda Goldblatt's work can lately be found, or is forthcoming, at The Southern Review, the Fanzine, Tammy, Hobart, and NOON. She is the author of Catalpa: This Is Not True (Cupboard), which was written during her time at the Wash U MFA program, a time for which she continues to be grateful. She currently lives in Chicago, where she teaches creative writing at Northeastern Illinois University.