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Dear Miss Metropolitan

Carolyn Ferrell

Warwick’s presents
Carolyn Ferrell
in conversation with Karen E. Bender

Dear Miss Metropolitan

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 4:00pm PDT

Dear Miss Metropolitan
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On Tuesday, July 20th at 4:00pm PDT Warwick's will host Carolyn Ferrell as she discusses her new book, Dear Miss Metropolitan, in conversation with Karen E. Bender. Carolyn Ferrell is the author of the short-story collection, Don't Erase Me, which was awarded the Art Seidenbaum Award of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize program, the John C. Zacharis Award given by Ploughshares, and the Quality Paperback Book Prize for First Fiction. She has also received grants from the Fulbright Association, German Academic Exchange (DAAD), City University of New York MAGNET Program, and National Endowment for the Arts. Ferrell's stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018 and The Best American Short Stories of the Century, among other places. She teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York with her husband and children.

Fern seeks refuge from her mother's pill-popping and boyfriends via Soul Train; Gwin finds salvation in the music of Prince much to her congregation's dismay and Jesenia, miles ahead of her classmates at her gifted and talented high school, is a brainy and precocious enigma. None of this matters to Boss Man, the monster who abducts them and holds them captive in a dilapidated house in Queens.

On the night they are finally rescued, throngs line the block gawking and claiming ignorance. Among them is lifetime resident Miss Metropolitan, advice columnist for the local weekly, but how could anyone who fancies herself a "newspaperwoman" have missed a horror story unfolding right across the street? And why is it that only two of the three girls - now women - were found? The mystery haunts the two remaining "victim girls" who are subjected to the further trauma of becoming symbols as they continuously adapt to their present and their unrelenting past.

Like Colson Whitehead's The Nickel Boys, Ferrell's Dear Miss Metropolitan gives voice to characters surviving unimaginable tragedy. The story is inventively revealed before, during, and after the ordeal in this singular and urgent novel.

Karen E. Bender is the author of two story collections: Refund, which was a Finalist for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the Frank O’Conner International Short Story prize and Longlisted for the Story prize, and The New Order, which was Longlisted for the Story prize. A new collection, The Words of Dr. L and other stories, is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press. Her novels are A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People. Her fiction has appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Harvard Review, and have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and have won three Pushcart prizes. She has taught creative writing at Hollins university, the university of Iowa, Warren Wilson College, Chatham university and others, and is core faculty for the MFA program at Alma College. She is fiction editor of Scoundrel Time.

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ISBN: 9781250793614
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 6th, 2021