Hannah Pittard will read from Listen to Me, a modern gothic about a marriage and road trip gone hauntingly awry. Mark and Maggie's annual drive east to visit family has gotten off to a rocky start. By the time they're on the road, it's late, a storm is brewing, and they are no longer speaking to one another. Adding to the stress, Maggie, recently mugged at gunpoint, is lately not herself, and Mark is at a loss about what to make of the stranger he calls his wife. When they are forced to stop for the night at a remote inn, completely without power, Maggie's paranoia reaches an all-time and terrifying high. “Hannah Pittard's Listen to Me is a strange and wonderful book about the mysteries of coupledom and the long surreal highways of America. It's written in a lean and elegant prose and I read these pages in one long and enthralled sitting."—Darcey Steinke
Hannah Pittard is the author of The Fates Will Find Their Way, and Reunion. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, the Oxford American, the Mississippi Review, BOMB, Nimrod, StoryQuarterly, and the 2008 Best American Short Stories' 100 Distinguished Stories. She currently teaches fiction at DePaul University in Chicago.