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A Single Rose: Muriel Barbery, Jesse Ball & Catherine Lacey in Conversation

Europa, 2021

Muriel Barbery discusses her latest novel, A Single Rose, with authors Jesse Ball (The Divers’ Game) and Catherine Lacey (Pew). The conversation will be introduced by Justin Souther, general manager of Malaprop’s, and Michael Reynolds, editor-in-chief of Europa Editions, and will be followed by a live audience Q&A.

Translated from the French by Alison Anderson, A Single Rose tells the story about a woman’s journey to discover the father she never knew and a love she never thought possible.

Rose has just turned forty when she gets a call from a lawyer asking her to come to Kyoto for the reading of her estranged father’s will. As she follows the mysterious itinerary designed by her father, he finally, posthumously, opens his heart to her—offering her a poignant understanding of his love and a way to accept all she has lost.

Join the three authors for an international literary event hosted by Europa Editions, in partnership with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and Malaprop’s Bookstore.


Muriel Barbery’s novels include the New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2008), and Gourmet Rhapsody, published by Europa Editions in 2009. She is also the author of The Writer’s Cats, illustrated by Maria Guitart, a short tale about esthetics, inspiration, the writing life, and cats. Barbery has lived in Kyoto, Amsterdam, and Paris, and now lives in the French countryside.

Jesse Ball was born in New York. His works have been published to acclaim in many parts of the world and translated into more than a dozen languages. He is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is a winner of the Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize, and was long-listed for the National Book Award. He was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and has been a fellow of the NEA, Creative Capital, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His most recent novel is The Divers’ Game.

Catherine Lacey is the author of the novels Nobody Is Ever MissingThe Answers, and Pew, and the short story collection Certain American States. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. She has been a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The New YorkerHarper’s MagazineThe New York TimesThe Believer, and elsewhere. Born in Mississippi, she is based in Chicago.

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