A Night In with Jakob Guanzon
To mark the publication of Abundance
In partnership with Sevenoaks Bookshop, the ‘stream and book’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of Abundance, deliverable to any UK or international address. The 'Stream' package consists of a ticket to the live stream only.
This event is now available to watch on demand until 2nd March 2022.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected]
Join Jakob Guanzon to celebrate the publication of his incandescent debut novel, Abundance, which was longlisted for the National Book Award 2021. Frequently heart-breaking and incredibly powerful, this is a beautifully constructed fictional polemic on poverty and inequality in modern America.
Evicted from their trailer on New Year's Eve, Henry and his son, Junior, have been reduced to living out of a pick-up truck. Six months later, things are even more desperate. Henry, barely a year out of prison for pushing opioids, is down to his last pocketful of dollars, and little remains between him and the street. But hope is on the horizon: Today is Junior's birthday, and Henry has a job interview tomorrow.
To celebrate, Henry treats Junior to dinner at McDonald's, followed by a night in a real bed at a discount motel. For a moment, as Junior watches TV and Henry practices for his interview in the bathtub, all seems well. But after Henry has a disastrous altercation in the parking lot and Junior succumbs to a fever, father and son are sent into the night, struggling to hold things together and make it through tomorrow.
In conversation, Jakob will reveal the inspiration behind his novel and explore its principal themes of debt, inequities and anxieties around work, addiction, incarceration, and health care in America today.
‘A tense, yet tender portrait of a father and son trying to escape life on the margin. Determination and despair collide in this unforgettable debut, with an ending that broke my heart.’ Douglas Stuart, author of Shuggie Bain