Reading by Ben Purkert and Vu Tran

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Ben Purkert & Vu Tran

Ben Purkert and Vu Tran will read and discuss their works, For The Love Of Endings and Dragonfish.

At the Co-op

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About For The Love of Endings: How does it feel to lose your planet, your lover, yourself? Light-footed and dark-humored, Ben Purkert’s debut collection For the Love of Endings both celebrates and laments a disintegrating, evolving world.

About Ben Purkert: Ben Purkert teaches creative writing at Rutgers New Brunswick. His poems and essays have appeared in Agni, Boston Review, Guernica, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. For the Love of Endings (Four Way Books March 2018) is his first book. He holds degrees from Harvard and NYU, where he was a New York Times Fellow. 

About DragonfishRobert, an Oakland cop, still can't let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now she's disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who's blackmailing Robert into finding her for him. As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny's sadistic son, "Junior," and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage. He finds himself chasing the ghosts of her past, one that reaches back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon, as his investigation soon uncovers the existence of an elusive packet of her secret letters to someone she left behind long ago. Although Robert starts illuminating the dark corners of Suzy’s life, the legacy of her sins threatens to immolate them all. Vu Tran has written a thrilling and cinematic work of sophisticated suspense and haunting lyricism, set in motion by characters who can neither trust each other nor trust themselves. This remarkable debut is a noir page-turner resonant with the lasting reverberations of lives lost and lives remade a generation ago.

About Vu Tran: Vu Tran's first novel, Dragonfish, was a NY Times Notable Book and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year.  His short fiction has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Best American Mystery Stories, and other publications.  He is the winner a Whiting Writers’ Award and has received fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony. Born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma, Vu received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Chicago.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637