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Saturday, October 15 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Fiction: Coming of Age

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The transition between girlhood and womanhood can be rocky at best—but maybe that’s why it can make for such raw and compelling fiction. In this session, two novelists explore the power, potential, and vulnerabilities of adolescent girls and discuss how coming-of-age novels can dramatize the divide between innocence and experience. Robin Wasserman offers a searing exploration of the potency and bruality of teenage girls' friendships in Girls on Fire. And Caroline Leavitt poignantly and suspensefully delves into issues of first love, disillusionment, and the intense and complicated bond between sisters in Cruel Beautiful World. Guiding their conversation is BBF Fellow Sari Edelstein of UMass-Boston, an expert in coming-of-age narratives.

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Sari Edelstein

Sari Edelstein is an associate professor of English at University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she teaches courses in US literature and culture. She is the author of Between the Novel and the News: The Emergence of American Women’s Writing and is currently at work on a book about... Read More →

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Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist, screenwriter, editor, critic, and teacher. She is the author of eleven novels, including Pictures of You, listed as a best book of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Providence Journal, and Kirkus Reviews... Read More →
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Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of the novel Girls on Fire. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and several short story anthologies. A recent MacDowell Colony fellow, she is also the New York Times bestselling author of... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Emmanuel Parish Hall