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The Vexations

by Caitlin Horrocks

About the Book

Genius is often a lonely road to madness, and Erik Satie was no exception. Caitlin Horrocks re-imagines Satie’s life in a debut novel that has both the New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street Journal raving. We follow different perspectives surrounding Erik Satie’s life and experience glimpses into his past in a unique take of La Belle Époque Paris. Soon after the loss of both their parents, the Satie siblings are thrown apart. As they continue to grow, Erik’s siblings struggle to maintain some semblance of family, while competing with Erik’s growing ego and his obsession with  his art. Things come to a tipping point in their relationship however, when Erik’s sister Louise suffers a devastating loss while traveling the world. An interesting play on the expectations of women at the time plays an integral role in the lack of voice given to Louise throughout the title.

About the Author

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexations, named one of the Ten Best Books of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal. Her story collection “This Is Not Your City was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Another story collection, “Life Among the Terranauts”, is forthcoming from Little Brown in 2021. Her stories and essays appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O, Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, Tin House, and One Story, as well as other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She is on the advisory board of the Kenyon Review, where she recently served as fiction editor. She teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her family.

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Writing Workshop with Caitlin Horrocks

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 7:00 pm Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Join GVSU writing professor and author  Caitlin Horrocks for an online writing workshop. Designed to challenge and inspire writers of all levels, this online workshop includes writing exercises that can be completed at your own pace.

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