Join Oxford author Melissa Ginsburg and Grisham Writer in Residence Maurice Carlos Ruffin as they discuss the release of Ginsburg's newest novel, The House Uptown. Monday, March 15, at 5:30pm CST on Zoom.
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An emotional coming-of-age novel about a young girl who goes to live with her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her mother.
Ava, fourteen years old and totally on her own, has still not fully processed her mother’s death when she finds herself on a train heading to New Orleans, to stay with Lane, the grandmother she barely remembers.
Lane is a well-known artist in the New Orleans art scene. She spends most of her days in a pot-smoke haze, sipping iced coffee, and painting, which has been her singular focus for years. Her grip on reality is shaky at best, but her work provides a comfort.
Ava’s arrival unsettles Lane. The girl bears an uncanny resemblance to her daughter, whom she was estranged from before her death. Now her presence is dredging up painful and disturbing memories, which forces Lane to retreat even further into her own mind. As Ava and Lane attempt to find their way and form a bond, the oppressive heat and history of New Orleans bears down on them, forcing a reckoning neither of them are ready for.
About the Author:
Melissa Ginsburg was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of the novel, Sunset City and the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
About the Host:
Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of We Cast a Shadow, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Open Book Award. A recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction, he has been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, and the compilation Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas. A native of New Orleans, he is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi.