WORD BK Presents: Amy Feltman and Crystal Hana Kim for WILLA & HESPER

02/06/2019 - 7:30pm

 

For fans of What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell and The Futures by Anna Pitoniak, a soul-piercing debut that explores the intertwining of past and present, queerness, and coming of age in uncertain times. 

Willa’s darkness enters Hesper’s light late one night in Brooklyn. Theirs is a whirlwind romance until Willa starts to know Hesper too well, to crawl into her hidden spaces, and Hesper shuts her out. She runs, following her fractured family back to her grandfather’s hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, looking for the origin story that he is no longer able to tell. But once in Tbilisi, cracks appear in her grandfather’s history, and a massive flood is heading toward Georgia, threatening any hope for repair. 

Meanwhile, heartbroken Willa is so desperate to leave New York that she joins a group trip for Jewish twentysomethings to visit Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland, hoping to override her emotional state. When it proves to be more fraught than home, she must come to terms with her past — the ancestral past, her romantic past, and the past that can lead her forward. 

Told from alternating perspectives, and ending in the shadow of Trump’s presidency, Willa & Hesper is a deeply moving, cerebral, and timely debut.

Please note that there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased online or at the door. The voucher is good toward anything in store at WORD, including Willa & Hesper. If you purchase the book directly from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase the admission voucher. 

ABOUT AMY FELTMAN

Amy Feltman graduated from Vassar College in 2010 and earned her MFA in Fiction at Columbia University in 2016, where she was also a Creative Writing Graduate Teaching Fellow. She has worked at Poets & Writers Magazine since 2014. She received a fellowship to attend the Disquiet Literary Conference in 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. Her short story, "Speculoos," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. She lives with her partner in Astoria, New York. 

ABOUT CRYSTAL HANA KIM

Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel If You Leave Me was named a best book of 2018 by The Washington Post, ALA Booklist, Literary Hub, Cosmopolitan, and more. It was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction Novel Prize. Crystal was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in Elle Magazine, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal.

Willa & Hesper Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781538712542
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 5th, 2019

For fans of What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell and The Futures by Anna Pitoniak, a soul-piercing debut that explores the intertwining of past and present, queerness, and coming of age in uncertain times.


If You Leave Me: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062645173
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: William Morrow - August 7th, 2018

“An immersive, heartbreaking story about war, passion, and the road not taken.” — People

"One of the most beautiful and moving love stories you’ll read this year." — Nylon Magazine


$5.00
SKU: willavoucher

$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 voucher can be used toward anything in store, including Willa & Hesper. Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD there is no need to purchase a voucher.