Hybrid | Dixon, Descending: Karen Outen in conversation with Elizabeth Kostova

Image shows photos of Karen Outen and Elizabeth Kostova and the front cover of Outen's book, DIXON, DESCENDING.

Karen Outen visits Malaprop's to discuss her debut novel, Dixon, Descending, with Elizabeth Kostova. This is a hybrid event with limited in-store seating and the option to attend online.

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Dixon, Descending
A powerful, heart-wrenching debut novel about ambition, survival, and our responsibility toward one another

Dixon was once an Olympic-level runner. But he missed the team by two-tenths of a second, and ever since that pain decades ago, he hasn’t allowed a goal to consume him. But when his charming older brother, Nate, suggests that they attempt to be the first Black American men to summit Mount Everest, Dixon can’t refuse. The brothers are determined to prove something—to themselves and to each other.

Dixon interrupts his orderly life as a school psychologist, leaving behind disapproving friends, family, and one particularly fragile student, Marcus. Once on the mountain, they are met with extreme weather conditions, oxygen deprivation, and precarious terrain. But as much as they’ve prepared for this, Mt. Everest is always fickle. And in one devastating moment, Dixon’s world is upended.

Dixon returns home and attempts to resume his job, but things have shifted: for him and for the students he left behind when he chose Mt. Everest. Ultimately, Dixon must confront the truth of what happened on the mountain and come to terms with who can and cannot be saved. DIXON, DESCENDING offers us a captivating, shattering portrait of the ways we’re reshaped by our decisions—and what it takes to angle ourselves, once again, toward hope.

Karen Outen’s fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, The North American Review, Essence, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and has been a fellow at both the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. She received an MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Maryland. Dixon, Descending is her debut novel.

Elizabeth Kostova is the author of three novels. Her first, The Historian (Little, Brown, 2005), was the first novel in American publishing history to debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, won numerous awards, has been translated into 40 languages, and is being made into a television mini-series.  Her most recent novel is The Shadow Land (Random House, April 2017).  She is co-founder of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, which provides competitive opportunities for Bulgarian writers and translators, as well as opportunities for native-English writers to travel to Bulgaria. Kostova lives with her family in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Dixon, Descending: A Novel By Karen Outen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593473450
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - February 6th, 2024

The Shadow Land: A Novel By Elizabeth Kostova Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345527875
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - March 13th, 2018

SKU: x672389