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UT Humanities Center: Public Books Circle with Professor Dawn Coleman
Discussion of A Children's Bible: A Novel, by Lydia Millet

What if apocalyptic climate change were in our very near future? In _A Children’s Bible: A Novel_, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet, a group of teens and children must chart their own course when a hurricane devastates the estate that their negligent, perpetually intoxicated parents have rented for a summer idyll. Teenage Evie narrates the children’s escape from their supposed guardians and their foray into an altered, dangerous world. Amid the chaos, her younger brother Jack’s children’s Bible proves a bleak and uncanny guide to survival. The novel was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year, and named one of the best novels of the year by Time, Washington Post, NPR, Esquire, and the BBC.

Dawn Coleman is associate professor of English and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is the author of Preaching and the Rise of the American Novel (2013) and numerous essays on American literature and religion. This academic year, she is a faculty fellow at the University of Tennessee Humanities Center, where she is writing a book titled “Inventing Secular Womanhood in American Literature, 1850-1890.”

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Apr 7, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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