GARTH GREENWELL

January 21, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Writers’ Workshop graduate Garth Greenwell will read from his debut novel, What Belongs to You, a haunting novel of erotic obsession. The novel is set in Bulgaria, and begins on an unseasonably warm autumn day, when an American teacher walks down a stairwell beneath Sofia’s National Palace of Culture looking for sex. Among the stalls of a public bathroom he encounters Mitko, a charismatic young hustler. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and their trysts grow increasingly intimate and unnerving as the enigma of this young man becomes inseparable from that of his homeland, a country with a difficult past and an uncertain future.

Garth Greenwell was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and a Lambda Award. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and A Public Space.

“With What Belongs to You, American literature is richer by one masterpiece. The character Mitko is unforgettable, as all myths are. He reigns at the heart of this book, surrounded by the magic flames of desire.” — Edmund White