The world Celeste Ng conjures up in Our Missing Hearts is a dark dystopian future of book banning, violence and the removal of dissidents’ children in the face of economic instability. Twelve-year-old Bird Gardner navigates that reality — governed by laws designed to create security and prosperity by protecting “American culture” — by staying obediently silent. Then he goes on a quest to find his long-absent mother, a rebellious poet . . . and his cause becomes a catalyst for change.
Ng’s engrossing tale leads readers into a supposedly civilized community pretending to ignore searing injustice and limns the power — and limitations — of art to create better worlds.
Celeste Ng’s prior novels, Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere, were both New York Times bestsellers. Little Fires Everywhere was developed into a miniseries on Hulu starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. A limited series based on Everything I Never Told You is in development.
WOMEN ON THE MOVE
A VIRTUAL SERIES
Searching for the perfect man. Confronting wrenching choices. Finding courage when you think you have none. Motherhood, mystery, hilarious antics, twisted fate.
Nine female authors of both the weighty and the lighthearted fiction we read to match our moods have charted these waters in new novels and short stories. Join us for revealing conversations about being a female writer today, about speaking to the dilemmas we all face and providing us the courage to become more.
This series is moderated by Zibby Owens, creator of the popular podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books; writer, lawyer and host of Kveller’s podcast Call Your Mother, Jordana Horn; and Marjorie Schuster, Coordinator of Literary Events at The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center.
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination + booster, along with valid photo identification, required for entry. Masks are no longer required but are encouraged and are available to those who request.
The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Authors’ Series, honoring Theodore and Caroline Newhouse and Susan Newhouse.