P&P Live! Rachel Pastan — IN THE FIELD - with Susan Shreve

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Friday, September 3, 2021 - 7:00pm

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In 1920, having persuaded her resistant mother to send her to college, Kate Croft falls in love with science. Painfully rebuffed by a girl she longs for, and in flight from her own confusing sexuality, Kate finds refuge in the calm rationality of biology: its vision of a deeply interconnected world, and the promise that the new field of genetics can explain the way people are.

But science, too, turns out to be marred by human weakness. Despite her hard work and extraordinary gifts, Kate struggles, facing discrimination, competition, and scientific theft. At the same time, a love affair is threatened by Kate's obsession with figuring out the meaning of the puzzling changes she sees in her experiments. In the Field explores what it takes to triumph in the ruthless world of mid-20th-century genetics, following Kate as she decides what she is--and is not--willing to sacrifice to succeed.

Rachel Pastan is the author of several novels, including Alena, which was named an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review, Lady of the Snakes, and This Side of Married, which was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her short fiction has been published in The Georgia Review, The Threepenny Review, Mademoiselle, Prairie Schooner, and many other places. In 2014 she edited Seven Writers (The Common Press), a chapbook of writing inspired by exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, where she served as Editor-at-Large for several years and developed the popular blog Miranda.

Susan Shreve is the author of over fifteen literary works, most recently You Are the Love of My Life. She has edited or co-edited five anthologies and her essays have appeared in several collections as well as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and several magazines. She was co-founder and has been a Professor in the Master of Fine Arts Program at George Mason University for more than forty years, and has appeared as a visiting writer at several prestigious universities. In 1985, she co-founded the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and served for thirty years, most recently as Chairman. She serves on the Advisory Board of Poets and Writers, the Advisory Board of 826DC and the board for The Cheuse International Center at George Mason University, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction, along with numerous literary grants.

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ISBN: 9781953002037
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Published: Delphinium - August 10th, 2021

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