About the Event
Join us and Literary North to launch Vermont author Makenna Goodman’s debut novel, The Shame. Makenna will be joined in conversation by National Book Award-nominated (and another SN favorite) Lauren Groff. Told in recollections, The Shame takes the bucolic homesteading fantasy and flips it on its head. Sharp, internal, and completely engrossing, The Shame is one of those novels we can’t stop thinking about.
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About the Book
Alma and her family live close to the land: they raise chickens and sheep, they make maple syrup. Every day Alma’s husband leaves for his job at a nearby college while she stays home with their young children, cleans, searches for secondhand goods online, and reads books by the women writers she adores. Then, one night, she abruptly leaves it all behind—speeding through the darkness, away from their Vermont homestead, bound for New York.
In a series of flashbacks, Alma reveals the circumstances and choices that led to this moment. The joys and claustrophobia of their remote life through the passing of each season. Her fears and uncertainties about motherhood. The painfully awkward faculty dinners. Her feelings of loneliness and failure. And her growing fascination with Celeste: the mysterious ceramicist and self-loving doppelgänger whose story begins as inspiration for Alma before turning into a powerful obsession.
A fable both blistering and surreal, The Shame is a propulsive, funny, and thought-provoking debut about a woman in isolation, whose mind—fueled by capitalism, motherhood, and the search for meaningful art—attempts to betray her.
About the Author
Makenna Goodman lives and works in Vermont. The Shame: A Novel, forthcoming August 2020, is her first novel.