Teddy Wayne, award-winning author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Kapitoil, will read from his new novel, Loner, a novel as unsettling as it is impossible to put down. The protagonist is an academically gifted yet painfully forgettable freshman who arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving like-minded peers. He finds it not to be so, and when he becomes infatuated by a beautiful and witty sophisticate, he becomes desperate to win her attention. As the novel progresses, morals begin to blur, and neither character is who they seem to be.
“Like a novel of manners distorted by a twisted funhouse mirror, Teddy Wayne’s Loner moves with wit and stealth and merciless deliberation towards increasingly brutal psychic terrain. Reading it, I found myself amused and then—with creeping force—afraid, repulsed, and ultimately unwilling to put it down." —Leslie Jamison
Teddy Wayne is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He writes regularly for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and McSweeney’s. He lives in New York.