Join us for readings and conversation with Kate Wisel, author of Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, and Jeremy T. Wilson, author of Adult Teeth, at City Lit Books on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at 6:30 PM.
Driving in Cars with Homeless Men (Winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize October 1, 2019) is a love letter to women moving through violence. These linked stories are set in the streets and the bars, the old homes, the tiny apartments, and the landscape of a working-class Boston. Serena, Frankie, Raffa, and Nat collide and break apart like pool balls to come back together in an imagined post-divorce future. Through the gritty, unraveling truths of their lives, they find themselves in the bed of an overdosed lover, through the panting tongue of a rescue dog who is equally as dislanguaged as his owner, in the studio apartment of a compulsive liar, sitting backward but going forward in the galley of an airplane, in relationships that are at once playgrounds and cages.
Homeless Men is the collective story of women whose lives careen back into the past, to the places where pain lurks and haunts. With riotous energy and rage, they run towards the future in the hopes of untangling themselves from failure to succeed and fail again.
“You can hear the crackle of heat and the roar of a powerful fire burning through these pages. Young angry women, brokenhearted mothers, and men who are lost to themselves and others struggle in the world of Driving in Cars with Homeless Men. Close to the edge, fearful of love yet dying of longing, Serena, Frankie, Raffa, and Natalya are vital and tender. Their stories are incandescent.” —Min Jin Lee, 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize judge, author of Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, finalist for the National Book Award
Originally from Boston, Kate Wisel received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago, and was most recently a Carol Houck fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she taught fiction. Her writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, Tin House online, Redivider as winner of the Beacon Street Prize, and,others. She currently lives in Chicago, where she has been a long-time assistant to WBEZ music journalist and author Jim DeRegotis, The Case Against R. Kelly. She now teaches in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago. Visit: www.katewisel.com.
Jeremy T. Wilson is a former winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award for short fiction. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in such literary magazines as The Carolina Quarterly, The Florida Review, Hobart, Sonora Review, Third Coast, and others. He holds an MFA from Northwestern University and teaches creative writing at The Chicago High School for the Arts. He lives in Evanston with his wife and daughter. Visit: www.jeremytwilson.com.