Authors on Stage with Joshua Henkin
June 26, 2012 - Best-selling author Joshua Henkin visits New Canaan Library on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. in the Lamb Room to speak about his latest novel, The World Without You. Henkin is the author of Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book, and Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book. Henkin appears as part of the Authors on Stage series; the event is co-sponsored by The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County and Elm Street Books.
With tenderness, insight and humor The World Without You probes delicately into family dynamics, and the very personal and unique ways in which we grieve and try to move on after the death of a loved one. The Frankel family is trying to do just that. It is July 4, 2004, and the family has gathered in the Berkshires at the request of parents Marilyn and David. They is there to memorialize Leo, the youngest of four siblings, who was killed on that day a year earlier, while on assignment as a journalist in Iraq. Grief is the overriding emotion, but below the surface are hidden resentments, secrets and complicated love, as family members struggle to find the true meaning of family.
Joshua Henkin is the author of the novels Matrimony and Swimming Across the Hudson. His new novel, The World Without You has just been released by Pantheon. His short stories have been published widely, cited for distinction in Best American Short Stories, and broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts." He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and directs the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.