Eliza Robertson - Demi-Gods & Weike Wang - Chemistry

Upcoming Event
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Eliza Robertson

A bold, sensual debut novel by award-winning short-story writer Eliza Robertson, Demi-Gods unfolds between the wild freedoms of British Columbia and the glittering beaches of California. As nine-year-old Willa attempts to forge a bond with her new stepbrother Patrick, she finds herself sucked into his malicious games. In adulthood, their encounters become increasingly charged with sexuality and degradation. But when Willa finally tries to reverse the trajectory of their relationship, an act of desperation has devastating results. Sensitive, playful and entirely original, Eliza Robertson is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary literature.

Weike Wang

The unnamed narrator of Wang’s insightful debut novel is working on her PhD in synthetic organic chemistry, but the chemistry she really needs to learn is the one that makes relationships click. The prodigy daughter of high-achieving Chinese American parents, she’s always strived to meet their demanding expectations. Then, suddenly, she just can’t. Her lab work falters. She’s unable to accept or decline her boyfriend’s marriage proposal. She has a breakdown, loses both academia and love, and realizes how angry she is. Coming to terms with her past becomes her next project, and Wang charts her progress in brief sections that weave her story with Chinese proverbs and facts from the three things her father said would “make you fearless”: math, physics, and chemistry.

This event is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Demi-Gods: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635570700
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 10th, 2018

Chemistry: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525432227
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

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