Brattle Agency author Joanna Luloff has an essay on LitHub today about the thorny intellectual problem of "relatability" in fictive narratives. Her debut novel Remind Me Again What Happened will be published on Tuesday the 26th by Algonquin Books.
It is with great sadness that the Brattle Agency reports that our author Joan Chase has died. Bryan Marquard of the Boston Globe has written a lovely obituary/appreciation which you can find below.
A memorial service will be announced for Ms. Chase, who in addition to her husband leaves a son, Christopher of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Melissa Grabau of Sacramento; a brother, Larry Strausbaugh of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Linda Kaye Moore of Denver; and two granddaughters.
Any condolences for the family may be sent to the Brattle Agency at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be forwarded. Thank you.
“Remind Me Again What Happened is a profound and elegiac exploration of the relationship between memory and identity, the way one has the power to remake the other. Joanna Luloff is a splendid writer, and this haunting novel is a wonderful testament to her gifts.”
—Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me
Claire wakes in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She has no idea how she got there or why. The loss of so many memories is paralyzing. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos saved by her husband, Charlie, and her best friend, Rachel, and by combing through boxes of letters and casual jottings. But she senses a mystery at the center of all these fragments of her past, a feeling that something is not complete. Is Charlie still her husband? Is Rachel still her friend?
Told from alternating points of view that pull the reader into the minds of the three characters, the story unfolds as the smudge that covers Claire’s memory is gradually, steadily wiped away, until finally she can understand the why and the how of her life. And then maybe she and Charlie and Rachel can move forward, but with their lives forever changed.
In Remind Me Again What Happened, debut novelist Joanna Luloff has written a moving and beautifully nuanced story of transience, the ebb and flow of time, and how relationships shift and are reconfigured by each day, hour, and minute.
“Claire wakes from a coma with only fragmented memories, and her struggle toward recovery is both a haunting mystery story and a beautiful meditation on the questions of what, exactly, identity, love and friendship are made up of. Remind Me Again What Happened is a gripping debut novel, and Joanna Luloff is a writer to watch!"
—Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will
From the AAWA:
"We celebrated the new authoritative translation from Penguin Classics of The Story of Hong Gildong--arguably the single-most important book of classic Korean fiction. Following the adventures of the Robin Hood-like Hong Gildong, this social justice fairy tale has been adapted into feature films, television shows, cartoons, and even a video game. Translator Minsoo Kang will deliver a talk about his new translation, and we’ll also present short reflections on Hong Gildong by novelists Min Jin Lee and Marie Myung-Ok Lee.
This event is cosponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC) and the Center for Korean Research (CKR) - Columbia University
"Hong Gildong is to Koreans — both North and South — as Superman is to Americans. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Minsoo Kang, the translator for the new English version of the classic Korean tale."