The Coventry Library Spring series features Thrity Umrigar on March 31st, Eugene Marten on April 28th, Scott Longert on May 12th and Dan Chaon on June 4th. Check our calendar listings for details on each individual event. :)
Eugene Marten, author of Pure Life will be the guest of the Cedar/Coventry Reading Series sponsored by Mac's Backs and the CH-UH Public Library. The event will take place on Thursday, April 28th at 7 p.m at the library's Coventry branch, 1925 Coventry Rd. in Cleveland Heights.
Described as Friday Night Lights meets Breaking Bad, this literary thriller follows a former NFL player as he deals with the aftermath of losing his career. When he hears of a miracle brain damage treatment forbidden in the U.S., he travels to the Mosquito Coast of Honduras in search of a chance to restore himself to the man he was. Instead, he finds himself on a journey that plunges him into a darkness more violent and horrific than he could have possibly imagined--at once a fight for his life and to hold onto the shards and fragments of the life he's fighting for.
A sports saga, sprawling thriller, and existential reckoning with the rot at the core of the west, told by an unheralded, singular master, Pure Life is a daring, complex, and brutal confrontation with and demolition of our modern myths in the most primal of settings--one as perilous as it is imperiled.
Eugene Marten was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to European parents, emigrated to the U.S. before the age of two, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he now lives again after stints in Oregon, New York City, Costa Rica (where the germ for Pure Life originated), Texas, South Dakota, and Los Angeles. His experience working as a janitor in Portland was the basis for his novella Waste, which attracted the attention of Gordon Lish, who became a mentor and supporter. He is also the author of the novels In the Blind and Firework.