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Ling Ma with Alexandra Kleeman: Bliss Montage

Ling Ma with Alexandra Kleeman: Bliss Montage

Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 8:00PM ET
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Celebrate the release of Bliss Montage with author Ling Ma, in conversation with Alexandra Kleeman!

Books purchased on the registration page will include a signed bookplate.


Bliss Montage

A new creation by the author of Severance, Bliss Montage crashes through our carefully built mirages.

What happens when fantasy tears the screen of the everyday to wake us up? Could that waking be our end?

In Bliss Montage, Ling Ma brings us eight wildly different tales of people making their way through the madness and reality of our collective delusions: love and loneliness, connection and possession, friendship, motherhood, the idea of home. A woman lives in a house with all her ex-boyfriends. A toxic friendship grows up around a drug that makes you invisible. An ancient ritual might heal you of anything—if you bury yourself alive. These and other scenarios investigate the ways that the outlandish and the ordinary are shockingly, deceptively, heartbreakingly alike.

Ling Ma is a writer hailing from Fujian, Utah, and Kansas. She is the author of the novel Severance, which received the Kirkus Prize, a Whiting Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She lives in Chicago with her family.

Moderator Alexandra Kleeman is the author of the novel Something New Under the Sun, one of the New York Times’ Notable Books of 2021, Intimations, a short story collection, and the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, n+1, and The Guardian. She is an Assistant Professor at the New School and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction.