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December 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Virtual Author Series: Megan Hunter and Kristen Roupenian


December 5, 2020
12:00 pm



Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

Lunch with Megan Hunter

In conversation with Kristen Roupenian

The Harpy

(Grove Press, $26)

Saturday, December 5, 12 PM

LIVE via Crowdcast




Part revenge tale, part fairytale, The Harpy is an electrifying story of marriage, infidelity and power by the author of the #1 Indie Next Pick, The End We Start From, Megan Hunter

Lucy and Jake live in a house by a field where the sun burns like a ball of fire. Lucy has set her career aside in order to devote her life to the children, to their finely tuned routine, and to the house itself, which comforts her like an old, sly friend. But then a man calls one afternoon with a shattering message: his wife has been having an affair with Lucy’s husband, Jake.

The revelation marks a turning point: Lucy and Jake decide to stay together, but make a special arrangement designed to even the score and save their marriage–she will hurt him three times.

As the couple submit to a delicate game of crime and punishment, Lucy herself begins to change, surrendering to a transformation of both mind and body from which there is no return.

Told in dazzling, musical prose, The Harpy is a dark, staggering fairy tale, at once mythical and otherworldly and fiercely contemporary. It is a novel of love, marriage and its failures, of power, control and revenge, of metamorphosis and renewal.



About the Author:

Megan Hunter’s first novel, The End We Start From, has been translated into eight languages. It was longlisted for the Aspen Words Prize, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Awards finalist, a #1 Indie Next Pick, and won the Foreword Reviews Editor’s Choice Award. Her writing has appeared in the White Review, the Times Literary Supplement, Literary Hub, BOMB magazine, and elsewhere.


About the Moderator:

Kristen Roupenian holds a PhD in English from Harvard, an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, and a BA from Barnard College. She is the author of the short story, “Cat Person,” which was published in The New Yorker and selected by Sheila Heti for The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018. She is at work on a novel. Follow her on Instagram @KRoupenian.