Live Stream: Karen Tucker presents Bewilderness, in conversation with Nathan Ballingrud

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Irene, a lonely nineteen-year-old in rural North Carolina, works long nights at the local pool hall, serving pitchers and dodging drunks. One evening, her hilarious, magnetic coworker Luce invites her on a joy ride through the mountains to take revenge on a particularly creepy customer. Their adventure not only spells the beginning of a dazzling friendship, it seduces both girls into the mysterious world of pills and the endless hustles needed to fund the next high.

Together, Irene and Luce run nickel-tossing scams at the county fair and trick dealers into trading legit pharms for birth-control pills. Everything is wild and wonderful until Luce finds a boyfriend who wants to help her get clean. Soon the two of them decide to move away and start a new, sober life in Florida––leaving Irene behind.

Told in a riveting dialogue between the girls’ addicted past and their hopes for a better future, Bewilderness is not just a brilliant, funny, heartbreaking novel about opioid abuse, it's also a moving look at how intense, intimate friendships can shape every young woman’s life.

Karen Tucker was born and raised in North Carolina. Her fiction has appeared in The Missouri ReviewThe Yale Review OnlineTin HouseBoulevardEpoch, and elsewhere. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her partner and multiple cats.

Nathan Ballingrud was born in Massachusetts but has spent most of his life in the South. He's worked as a bartender in New Orleans and a cook on offshore oil rigs. His story "The Monsters of Heaven" won the inaugural Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in Asheville, NC, with his daughter.

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Bewilderness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781646220243
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Published: Catapult - June 1st, 2021

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ISBN: 9781534449930
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - April 9th, 2019

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Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 12:00pm