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Susan Steinberg for "Machine"

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Join SubText Books on Friday, September 13th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Susan Steinberg for “Machine.” Steinberg will be in conversation with Steve Woodward.

Susan Steinberg’s first novel, “Machine,” is a dazzling and innovative leap forward for a writer whose most recent book, “Spectacle,” gained her a rapturous following. Machine revolves around a group of teenagers—both locals and wealthy out-of-towners—during a single summer at the shore. After a local girl drowns, the narrator tries to piece together what happened and struggles to find mooring in the aftermath. In formally daring prose, Steinberg captures the violence of desire and its reverberations. The restless rhythm of the novel propels a sharply drawn narrative that ferociously interrogates gender, class, privilege, and the disintegration of identity in the shadow of trauma. “Machine” is the kind of novel—relentless and bold—that only Susan Steinberg could have written.

SUSAN STEINBERG is the author of “Spectacle,” “Hydroplane,” and “The End of Free Love.” She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.

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