Morbidly funny, subversive, and startling, Hard Mouth, the debut novel from 2018 NEA Creative Writing Fellow Amanda Goldblatt, unpacks what it means to live while others are dying. In the face of her father’s refusal to treat his cancer, Denny begins to dismantle her life, constructing in its place the fantasy of perfect detachment. However, the wilderness doesn’t offer the escape Denny expects, and she is forced to reckon with this failure while confronting a new life with its own set of pleasures and dangerous incursions. An adventure novel upended by grief and propelled by the aberrant charm of its narrator, Hard Mouth is an unforgettable debut that explores what it takes to both existentially and literally survive. Joining Goldblatt in conversation is Halle Butler, author of Jillian and The New Me.
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