The renowned and acclaimed academic, feminist scholar, author, and icon Carol Gilligan makes a rare public appearance and signing in Decatur at Wordsmiths Books, sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book. The first-ever professor of gender studies at Harvard University, Carol Gilligan is also a prolific author whose credits include the seminal gender studies text, In a Different Voice, amongst a bevy of other titles that have ensconced themselves in the libraries and lexicons of gender and feminist theory throughout the world. On this once-in-a-lifetime evening, Carol Gilligan will be discussing her first-ever work of fiction, Kyra.
Kyra is an architect, involved in a project to design a new city. Andreas, a theater director, is staging an innovative production of the opera Tosca. Both have come through political upheaval and personal loss. Neither wants to fall in love. Yet when she asks him, What is the opposite of losing? and he says, Finding, it galvanizes a powerful attraction, and they risk opening themselves to love once again. When their love affair leads to a shocking betrayal, Kyras fierce determination to see under the surface, to know what was true and real, brings her to Greta, a remarkable therapist. As the therapy itself repeats the themes of love and loss, Kyra challenges its structure, and the struggle that ensues between the two women opens the way to a larger understanding. Passionate and revolutionary, Kyra is an exquisitely written love story, imbued with gentle humor. This is an extraordinary work of fiction by one of the most brilliant writers of our time.
Please note: while Wordsmiths Books will gladly accept internet pre-orders for signed copies of Kyra, Carol Gilligans non-fiction and academic backlist will be available, in limited quantities, for purchase and signing at Wordsmiths Books the night of her appearance.
Added by Wordsmiths Books on March 21, 2008