April 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Elizabeth Crane will read from her novel, The History of Great Things. In this glorious new book, Elizabeth Crane accomplishes something extraordinary: In a witty, emotionally enveloping dual narrative, she traces the entwined stories of two women—a passionate, strong-willed midcentury classical singer and her conflicted daughter—as each woman attempts to tell the story of the other’s eventful life.

Elizabeth Crane is the author of the novel We Only Know So Much, and three collections of short stories: When the Messenger is Hot, All this Heavenly Glory, and You Must Be This Happy to Enter. Her stories have been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts, and her work has been adapted for the stage by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater Company. A feature film adaptation of We Only Know So Much will be released in 2016. She teaches in the UCR-Palm Desert low-residency MFA program.

“Elizabeth Crane has written a novel that is both unprecedented and fantastic (in every sense). Her every page thrums with wisdom, buzzes with truth. I learned that love survives death. And that no one ever really goes away, even if they have. And that all sides have many stories. This is unlike any novel I ve ever encountered and it’s absolutely wonderful.” —Jill Alexander Essbaum