Join us for a chat with Anthony Marra

December 3, 2013
(Courtesy of Hogarth)
(Courtesy of Hogarth)

Not yet 30 years old, Washington-native Anthony Marra wrote one of this year’s most celebrated novels. “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” is a story you must not miss. It takes place in 2004 in a tiny, blood-soaked Chechen village. When the father of an 8-year-old girl is abducted by federalist thugs, a peasant doctor tries to save his old friend’s daughter.

This heartbreaking, gorgeously written novel is one of The Post’s Top 10 books for 2013, and it was long-listed for the National Book Award.

I had the pleasure of meeting Marra in October when he was in town for the PEN/Faulkner gala. He was incredibly modest and gracious, and I knew I wanted to talk with him more.

Here’s our chance: Join me for a live Hangout on Google+ this Friday, Dec. 6, at 12:30 p.m. If you’ve got any questions you’d like me to ask Marra, send them to me now at CharlesR@washpost.com.

To register for our chat, click here. If that time doesn’t work for you, you can always watch the recorded conversation afterward.

See you Friday.

 

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest, but finally switched to journalism when he realized that if he graded one more paper, he'd go crazy.
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