Monday, July 23, 2012

Darin Strauss, Who Writes of Accidentally Killing a Classmate

"Half my life ago, I killed a girl."

So writes memoirist Darin Strauss (who reads tonight, Monday, 7/23, in Saratoga).

In his 2010 memoir, Half a Life, writer Darin Strauss recounts a tragedy and its aftermath. In his last month of high school, just after turning eighteen, Strauss is behind the wheel of his father's Oldsmobile, driving with friends—having "thoughts of mini-golf, another thought of maybe just going to the beach." Then out of the blue: a collision that results in the death of a bicycling classmate that shadows the rest of his life. In spare and piercing prose, Darin Strauss explores loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and acceptance....

"staggering and unforgettable." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Strauss, who received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, will share the stage with award-winning novelist Binnie Kirshenbaum, tonight, Monday, July 23rd, 8PM, Davis Audiorium, Palamountain Hall, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga. Free.