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Elise Levine: Say This (In Conversation with Jung Yun)

You're invited to the virtual launch of SAY THIS by Elise Levine! Join us virtually on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 PM ET. Elise Levine will be in conversation with Jung Yun, author of O BEAUTIFUL. The event will also include a short reading and a Q&A period.

Biblioasis will be streaming this event live on Facebook and on YouTube. Video link will be shared closer to the event, so RSVP here to stay up to date! This event will be followed by an outdoor, in-person book signing with Elise at The Ivy Bookshop on Saturday, March 12, from 1-3PM.

Click here to order your copy of Say This!

Elise Levine is also the author of the recent story collection This Wicked Tongue, the novels Blue Field and Requests and Dedications, and the story collection Driving Men Mad. Her work has appeared in publications including Ploughshares, Blackbird, The Gettysburg Review, and has appeared four times in Best Canadian Stories. She lives in Baltimore, MD, and teaches in the MA in Writing program at Johns Hopkins University.

Jung Yun was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. Her debut novel, Shelter was long-listed for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and a semi-finalist for Good Reads' Best Fiction Book of 2016. Her second novel, O Beautiful, was published in 2021.

Two crystalline novellas linked by one devastating crime: Say This is an immersive meditation on the interplay between memory, trauma, and narrative.

It’s a cold spring in Baltimore, 2018, when the email arrives: the celebrity journalist hopes Eva will tell him everything about the sexual affair she had as a teen with her older cousin, a man now in federal prison for murder. Thirteen years earlier, Lenore-May answers the phone to the nightmare news that her stepson’s body has been found near Mount Hood, and homicide is suspected. Following Eva’s unsettling ambivalence towards her confusing relationship, and constructing a portrait of her cousin’s victim via collaged perspectives of the slain man’s family, these two linked novellas borrow, interrogate, sometimes dismantle the tropes of true crime; lyrically render the experiences of grief and dissociation; and brilliantly mine the fault lines of power and consent, silence, justice, accountability, and class. Say This is a startling exploration of the devastating effects of trauma on personal identity.






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Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 7:00pm


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by Dr. Radut