Pages Bookshop Virtual Presents: Kate Reed Petty
We are so excited to host Kate Reed Petty for an exclusive and one-of-a-kind event — an "editing tour" of her brilliant mind-bender of a tale, "True Story." The novel was named one of the hottest books of summer by Buzzfeed and described as "spellbinding" by Megan Abbott in the New York Times.
Kate will be joined by essayist and poet Lia Greenwell for a discussion of craft and the editing process, in which the audience will have access to a shared Google Doc containing early drafts of "True Story." Kate and Lia will take you behind-the-scenes of writing and publishing a book. We promise you don't want to miss it!
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About True Story
Tracing the fifteen-year fallout of a toxic high school rumor, a riveting, astonishingly original debut novel about the power of stories—and who gets to tell them
2015. A gifted and reclusive ghostwriter, Alice Lovett makes a living helping other people tell their stories. But she is haunted by the one story she can't tell: the story of, as she puts it, "the things that happened while I was asleep."
1999. Nick Brothers and his lacrosse teammates return for their senior year at their wealthy Maryland high school as the reigning state champions. They're on top of the world—until two of his friends drive a passed-out girl home from of the team's "legendary" parties, and a rumor about what happened in the backseat spreads through the town like wildfire.
The boys deny the allegations, and, eventually, the town moves on. But not everyone can. Nick descends into alcoholism, and Alice builds a life in fits and starts, underestimating herself and placing her trust in the wrong people. When she finally gets the opportunity to confront the past she can't remember—but which has nevertheless shaped her life—will she take it?
An inventive and breathtaking exploration of a woman finding her voice in the wake of trauma, True Story is part psychological thriller, part fever dream, and part timely comment on sexual assault, power, and the very nature of truth. Ingeniously constructed and full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the final pages, it marks the debut of a singular and daring new voice in fiction.
KATE REED PETTY has been recognized with a Narrative magazine 30 Below Award, as well as grants and scholarships from the Robert Deutsch Foundation, The Mount, Bloedel Reserve, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her short fiction has been published in Electric Literature, American Short Fiction, Blackbird, Ambit, Nat. Brut, and Los Angeles Review of Books, and she has a master of letters from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She lives in Baltimore.
LIA GREENWELL is an essayist and poet currently at work on a book about fear. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review Online, Missouri Review, Witness, Southern Humanities Review and Ruminate among other publications. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and has received scholarships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Lia has taught creative writing to high school and college students through the Girls Write Now program in New York City and as the Joan Beebe Graduate Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Detroit, Michigan.