American Writers Museum presents a conversation with Sigrid Nunez about her new book What Are You Going Through on September 24 at 6:30 pm Central

Sigrid Nunez: What Are You Going Through

National Book Award-winning author Sigrid Nunez reads from and discusses her new novel What Are You Going Through, bringing her singular voice to a story about the meaning of life and death and the value of companionship. Nunez will be joined by award-winning author Charlotte Wood. This program takes place September 24 at 6:30 pm Central and will be hosted live via Zoom, register for the free program here. You can purchase the book ahead of time on our page at

What Are You Going Through by Sigrid NunezMore about What Are You Going Through:

A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life: an ex she runs into by chance at a public forum, an Airbnb owner unsure how to interact with her guests, a stranger who seeks help comforting his elderly mother, a friend of her youth now hospitalized with terminal cancer. In each of these people the woman finds a common need: the urge to talk about themselves and to have an audience to their experiences. The narrator orchestrates this chorus of voices for the most part as a passive listener, until one of them makes an extraordinary request, drawing her into an intense and transformative experience of her own.

In What Are You Going Through, Nunez brings wisdom, humor, and insight to a novel about human connection and the changing nature of relationships in our times. A surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through hardship, her book offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.

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Sep 24 2020


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6:30 pm



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