We are pleased to host author Angie Kim in conversation with Mary Laura Philpott, in a virtual author event which you can enjoy from the comfort of your armchair. We've been recommending the novel Miracle Creek since it hit shelves last year. The book just released in paperback, and Angie Kim is joining us to discuss how she incorporated her own experiences as a Korean-American, former trial lawyer, and mother of a “miracle submarine” patient into her very first novel.
The conversation will be led by Mary Laura Philpott, whom many of you met last year, when The Snail brought her to Huntsville for the launch of her memoir, I Miss You When I Blink. That book also just released in paperback—on the same day as Miracle Creek—so we'll be celebrating both books at our upcoming event. Make sure to join us on May 11 at 7 p.m.!
Tickets are $5, which can be applied toward the future purchase of a book (we highly recommend Miracle Creek or I Miss You When I Blink!). After you purchase a ticket, we'll send information on how to log in to the meeting and how to use your $5 credit. This event will happen on Zoom, and is hosted by The Snail on the Wall.
About Miracle Creek:
How far will you go to protect your family? Will you keep their secrets? Ignore their lies?
In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because they’re part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and it’s clear the explosion wasn’t an accident.
A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isn’t safe?
About Angie Kim:
Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea to the suburbs of Baltimore. She attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, then practiced as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly. Her stories have won the Glamour Essay Contest and the Wabash Prize for Fiction, and appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Salon, Slate, The Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Asian American Literary Review, and PANK. Kim lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and three sons. Miracle Creek is Kim's debut novel.
About Mary Laura Philpott:
Mary Laura Philpott writes essays that examine the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life. Her writing has been featured by The New York Times; The Washington Post; Los Angeles Times; McSweeney’s; The Paris Review; O, The Oprah Magazine; and other publications. She’s the founding editor of Musing, the online magazine of Parnassus Books, as well as an Emmy Award–winning cohost of the literary interview show A Word on Words on Nashville Public Television. She also wrote and illustrated the humor book Penguins with People Problems, a quirky look at the embarrassments of being human. Mary Laura lives in Nashville with her family.
I Miss You When I Blink is a national bestseller named one of the best books of 2019 by NPR, Esquire, Real Simple, and more. It is a charmingly relatable and wise memoir-in-essays about what happened after she checked off all the boxes on her successful life’s to-do list and realized she might need to reinvent the list—and herself.