Award-winning author Joshua Henkin will join Gramercy Book Club participants after the discussion of his latest novel, Morningside Heights, a tender, powerful, and big-hearted novel about love in the face of loss and Newsweek’s most highly anticipated book for 2021. Nancy Gilson, former Arts Editor at the Columbus Dispatch, will moderate the group discussion and interview with Henkin, who also directs the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.
Registration for this book club discussion is on Eventbrite. A general admission ticket to access the event is $5. A ticket that includes a copy of Morningside Heights waives the fee and is $29 with tax. Please note that registration closes at 5 pm on the day of the program.
Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio is Gramercy’s Community Partner for this Book Club program.
When Ohio-born Pru Steiner arrives in New York in 1976 after graduating from Yale, she follows in a long tradition of young people determined to take the city by storm. But when she falls in love with Spence Robin, her hotshot young Shakespeare professor, her life takes a turn she couldn’t have anticipated.
Thirty years later, something is wrong with Spence. The Great Man can’t concentrate; he falls asleep reading The New York Review of Books. With their daughter Sarah away at medical school, Pru must struggle on her own. One day, feeling particularly isolated, Pru meets a man, and the possibility of new romance blooms. Meanwhile, Spence’s estranged son from his first marriage has come back into their lives. Arlo, a wealthy entrepreneur who invests in biotech, may be his father’s last, best hope.
Morningside Heights is a sweeping and compassionate novel about a marriage surviving hardship. It’s about the love between women and men and children and parents, about the things we give up in the face of adversity, about what endures when life turns out differently from what we thought we signed up for.
Joshua Henkin is the author of the novels Swimming Across the Hudson, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book, Matrimony, a New York Times Notable Book, and The World Without You, winner of the 2012 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish American Fiction and a finalist for the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. His short stories have been published widely, cited for distinction in Best American Short Stories, and broadcast on NPR's "Selected Shorts." He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and directs the MFA program in Fiction Writing at Brooklyn College.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Miami University and her Master’s in Journalism at The Ohio State University, Nancy Gilson began her career as a general assignment reporter for the Oklahoma Journal in Oklahoma City. She joined the Columbus Dispatch in 1985 and was the Arts Editor until she retired from full-time work four years ago.