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R. O. Kwon / The Incendiaries

September 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Bindery hosts R. O. Kwon for her sensational debut, The Incendiaries. More TBA soon — please join us!

Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone she blames herself for her mother’s recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe.

Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is increasingly drawn into a religious group–a secretive extremist cult–founded by a charismatic former student, John Leal. He has an enigmatic past that involves North Korea and Phoebe’s Korean American family. Meanwhile, Will struggles to confront the fundamentalism he’s tried to escape, and the obsession consuming the one he loves. When the group bombs several buildings in the name of faith, killing five people, Phoebe disappears. Will devotes himself to finding her, tilting into obsession himself, seeking answers to what happened to Phoebe and if she could have been responsible for this violent act.

The Incendiaries is a fractured love story and a brilliant examination of the minds of extremist terrorists, and of what can happen to people who lose what they love most.

 


 

“Remarkable… Every page blooms with sensuous language and the book’s mood is otherworldly, even if its setting, a wealthy college in the Northeast, isn’t… These are characters in quiet crisis, burning, above all, to know themselves, and Kwon leads them, confidently, to an enthralling end.” – Paris Review

 

“Every explosive requires a fuse. That’s R. O. Kwon’s novel, a straight, slow-burning fuse. To read her novel is to follow an inexorable flame coming closer and closer to the object it will detonate–the characters, the crime, the story, and, ultimately, the reader.” – Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer and The Refugees

 

The Incendiaries probes the seductive and dangerous places to which we drift when loss unmoors us. In dazzlingly acrobatic prose, R. O. Kwon explores the lines between faith and fanaticism, passion and violence, the rational and the unknowable.” – Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You

 


 

R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in The GuardianVice, Time, Noon, Electric LiteraturePlayboy, and elsewhere. She has received awards from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Omi International, the Steinbeck Center, and the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.

 


 

Please note: this event will be held at The Bindery, 1727 Haight.

 

Bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm.

 

RSVP appreciated but not required.

Details

Date:
September 20
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Website:
https://www.booksmith.com/event/bindery-r-o-kwon-incendiaries

Organizer

The Booksmith
Phone:
415-863-8688
Website:
http://www.booksmith.com

Venue

The Bindery
1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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Phone:
415-863-8688
Website:
http://www.booksmith.com