An enslaved groom in pre-Civil War Kentucky bonded to a young foal; a painting discarded in a junk pile; a modern-day Australian scientist and a Nigerian American art historian.
Only the most skillful of writers could weave these threads into a compelling story of art and science, love, obsession and our ongoing reckoning with racism. But again and again, both as a journalist and novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks has demonstrated just that sort of skill, a distinctive ability to bridge the past and the present, the “exotic” and the familiar with characters who feel instantly — surprisingly — familiar.
Brooks’s first book, Nine Parts of Desire, made her an international bestselling author. That success continued when she turned to historical fiction, as she moved seamlessly from a village struck by the bubonic plague to the challenges of girl children left behind by an absent father during the Civil War; from a fictional account of the Sarajevo Haggadah to the life of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College and now, with Horse, the true story of the record-breaking 19th-century thoroughbred, Lexington.
A Virtual Event
The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Authors’ Series, honoring Theodore and Caroline Newhouse and Susan Newhouse.
WOMEN ON THE MOVE
A VIRTUAL SERIES
This series is moderated by Zibby Owens, an author and editor whose multimedia empire of a publishing house, magazine, and podcast led New York Magazine to dub her “New York’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer,” Jordana Horn, a journalist at Kveller and Marjorie Shuster, Coordinator of Literary Events at Temple Emanu-El.
- Tuesday, January 31: Anna Quindlen on Write for Your Life
- Tuesday, February 7: Pam Jenoff on Code Name Sapphire
- Tuesday, February 14: Allegra Goodman on Sam
- Tuesday, February 21: Ann Leary on The Foundling
- Tuesday, February 28: Amy Bloom on In Love
- Tuesday, March 7: Geraldine Brooks on Horse
- Tuesday, March 14: Jennifer Rosner on Once We Were Home