Cara Blue Adams “You Never Get It Back” Book Discussion

Join for an in-person event with Cara Blue Adams for a discussion of her debut book “You Never Get it Back.”


[In Conversation with Elif Bautman]
Thu, January 20, 2022 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Strand Book Store
828 Broadway
3rd Floor, Rare Book Room
New York, NY 10003
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About the Author:

Cara Blue Adams is the author of You Never Get It Back, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award (University of Iowa Press, 2021). Her stories appear in many magazines, including Granta, The Kenyon Review, Epoch, Alaska Quarterly Review, and American Short Fiction. She has been awarded the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize, the Missouri Review Peden Prize, and the Meringoff Prize in Fiction, along with a Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellowship and support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her essays, criticism, and interviews appear in The Believer, Tin House, and Ploughshares, and an essay about coediting The Southern Review appears in The Little Magazine in Contemporary America (University of Chicago, 2015). She is an associate professor of creative writing at Seton Hall University and lives in Brooklyn.

About the Book:

The linked stories in Cara Blue Adams’s precise and observant collection offer elegantly constructed glimpses of the life of Kate, a young woman from rural New England, moving between her childhood in the countryside of Vermont and her twenties and thirties in the northeast, southwest, and South in pursuit of a vocation, first as a research scientist and later as a writer. Place is a palpable presence: Boston in winter, Maine in summer, Virginia’s lush hillsides, the open New Mexico sky. Along the way, we meet Kate’s difficult bohemian mother and younger sister, her privileged college roommate, and the various men Kate dates as she struggles to define what she wants from the world on her own terms.

Wryly funny and shot through with surprising flashes of anger, these smart, dreamy, searching stories show us a young woman grappling with social class, gender, ambition, violence, and the distance between longing and having.

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