Joseph O'Neill - "Good Trouble: Stories"

Event date: 
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Presented in collaboration with Bard Written Arts

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Joseph O'NeillJoseph O'Neill - the bestselling author of Netherland will read from and discuss his masterly new collection of eleven stories about the way we live now.

From bourgeois facial-hair trends to parental sleep deprivation, Joseph O’Neill closely observes the mores of his characters, whose vacillations and second thoughts expose the mysterious pettiness, underlying violence, and, sometimes, surprising beauty of ordi­nary life in the early twenty-first century. A lonely wedding guest talks to a goose; two poets struggle over whether to participate in a “pardon Edward Snowden” verse petition; a cowardly husband lets his wife face a possible intruder in their home; a potential co-op renter in New York City can’t find anyone to give him a character reference.

On the surface, these men and women may be in only mild trouble, but in these perfectly made, fiercely modern stories O’Neill reminds us of the real, secretly political consequences of our internal monologues. No writer is more incisive about the strange world we live in now; the laugh-out-loud vulnerability of his people is also fodder for tears.

JOSEPH O’NEILL is the author of the novels The Dog, Netherland (which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award), The Breezes, and This Is the Life. He has also written a family history, Blood-Dark Track. He lives in New York City and teaches at Bard College. Author image by Sophia Evans

The Dog: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307472946
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 9th, 2015

Netherland (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307388773
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2009

Blood-Dark Track: A Family History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307472953
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - October 5th, 2010