The Mysteries author Marisa Silver sits down with Alta Journal contributor Heather Scott Partington to discuss her latest novel, ponder the complexities of young friendship, and answer your questions. Join Alta Live for this free virtual book discussion.
About the guest:
Marisa Silver is the author of seven works of fiction, including the novels Mary Coin, a New York Times bestseller; Little Nothing, a New York Times Editors’ Choice; and now The Mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker as well as other publications and has been included in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and other anthologies. Silver has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
About the book:
Miggy Brenneman is a wild and reckless seven-year-old with a fierce imagination, hell-bent on pushing against the limits of childhood. Ellen is polite, cautious, and drawn to her friend’s bright flame. While the adults around them adjust to unstable times and fractured relationships, the girls respond with increasingly dangerous play. When tragedy strikes, all the novel’s characters grapple with questions of fate and individual responsibility, none more so than Miggy, who must make sense of a swiftly disappearing past and a radically transformed future.
Written with searing clarity and surpassing tenderness, The Mysteries limns the painful ambiguities of adulthood and the intense perceptions of an indelibly drawn child to offer a profound exploration of how all of us, at every stage, must reckon with life’s abundant and unsolvable mysteries.•