Roger Rosenblatt
Thomas Murphy: A Novel

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Roger Rosenblatt
Thomas Murphy: A Novel

Wednesday, November 30 | 7:30 PM

“The author creates unforgettable characters — beings so real, so complex, so absorbing that you think about them long after you finish the book...the unforgettable character, is the prime virtue of Roger Rosenblatt’s novel Thomas Murphy.” The New York Times

2015 Kenyon Review Award
for Literary Achievement

Roger Rosenblatt—the acclaimed, award-winning essayist, memoirist, and New York Times bestselling author of Making Toast, Kayak Morning, and Lapham Rising— joins Irish Arts Center to read from and discuss his novel Thomas Murphy, the reflective, bittersweet tale of an aging poet ruminating on his colorful life. After Rosenblatt’s reading, he will be joined in conversation with Alice McDermott.

An Irishman, a dreamer, a poet, Thomas Murphy, or “Murph,” takes us through his childhood on Inishmaan, a small island off the west coast of Ireland, and his life in New York, where he has lived since his twenties. We come to know his daughter, his grandson, his late wife, and his first love. Murph’s mind jumps from fact to memory to fancy and though his mind is deteriorating, we see in him both the man he used to be and the man he is in his most lucid moments. And it’s these moments of lucidity that make this novel all the more heartbreaking.

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Roger Rosenblatt’s essays for Time and PBS have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody, and the Emmy. He is the author of six off-Broadway plays and seventeen books, including the national bestsellers KAYAK MORNING, UNLESS IT MOVES THE HUMAN HEART, MAKING TOAST, RULES FOR AGING, and CHILDREN OF WAR, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. LAPHAM RISING, his first novel, was also a national bestseller. He is a 2015 recipient of the Kenyon Review Literary Achievement Award, and a Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University.


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