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ELIZABETH HARRIS - Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman

Sunday, November 8 at 7PM

Austin Novelist
ELIZABETH HARRIS
speaking & signing
Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman

Join us tonight as we celebrate Mayhem, the award-winning novel by Austin writer Elizabeth Harris. When a violent and unusual crime is committed in a rural Texas town in 1936, issues of gender, vigilantism, and recovery from trauma are brought to the surface. Mayhem won the 2014 Gival Press Fiction Award. Harris taught fiction writing and modern literature for a number of years at The University of Texas at Austin.

ABOUT MAYHEM: THREE LIVES OF A WOMAN

A violent and unusual crime is committed in a frankly imagined rural Texas of 1936: two ranchers attempt to castrate a neighbor under circumstances deriving from standard gender and social relations. The daughter of prominent landowners, regarded as the cause of this crime, is outcast from home and family, rescued by clergy in the role of plot angels, and becomes a paid laborer in other people's homes, where she undergoes a muted, nearly twenty-year recovery from trauma. An authorial narrator who as a girl observed women nursing the elderly, as this character does, invents her story for reasons of her own. A read both absorbing and stylish.

ABOUT ELIZABETH HARRIS

Winner of the 2014 Gival Press Fiction Award for her short novel Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman, Elizabeth Harris is a native Texan who grew up in Ft. Worth. For her first book, she won the John Simmons Prize, awarded by University of Iowa Press, for The Ant Generator, a collection of stories praised for their “sense of wonder and comedy” and “acid-etched existentialism.”

Those and uncollected stories appeared in Antioch Review, Epoch, Chicago Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, and other magazines, and have been anthologized in New Stories from the South, Best of Wind, The Iowa Award, and Literary Austin. Harris was a runner up in a previous Gival Press contest for The Look Thief, a novel manuscript; and in a Faulkner Pirate’s Alley competition for an earlier novel.
She taught fiction writing and modern literature for a number of years at The University of Texas at Austin. As yet untitled, Elizabeth’s current project is a contemporary novel with a historical setting. Elizabeth Harris and her husband divide their time between the Texas coast and Austin.

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