Gideon Lewis-Kraus A Sense of Direction
Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Gary Shteyngart
Chair Naomi Alderman
“If David Foster Wallace had written Eat, Pray, Love it might have come close to approximating the adventures of Gideon Lewis-Kraus”, wrote Gary Shteyngart on his friend’s debut novel, A Sense of Direction. JBW brings the two writers together to discuss an incredible series of pilgrimages.
Inspired by his rabbi father’s late coming out as a gay man, Lewis-Kraus is determined to experience all that he can before settling down. It is a transformative journey, for Lewis-Kraus and his readers alike.
Gideon Lewis-Kraus has written for numerous US publications, including Harper's, The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review and Slate. A 2007-8 Fulbright Scholarship took him to Berlin, a hotbed contemporary restlessness where he conceived this book. He now lives in New York, but continues to find himself frequently on the road to other places.
Gary Shteyngart was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the US seven years later. In 2007, he was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. His second book, Absurdistan, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Shteyngart’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire and GQ.
Naomi Alderman is a multi-award winning author and games writer. Her first novel Disobedience won the 2006 Orange New Writers Award. It was read on Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime, as was her second novel, The Lessons. She has guest-presented Front Row on Radio 4 and writes regularly for Prospect and The Guardian.
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