Kat Hausler reads from her debut novel, Retrograde

Saturday, 3 March 19:00

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Synopsis: Joachim’s estranged wife is the furthest thing from his mind—until the hospital calls looking for her next of kin. When she regains consciousness, Helena greets him as if they’d never broken up. He can’t bring himself to break the news in the hospital so he takes her home with him, and does all he can to keep her believing she never left, convinced that they’ll finally have the chance to talk about the ugly past that tore apart their marriage. Helena senses that he's keeping something from her, but instead of confronting him, she joins in his game, not only pretending to believe his lies, but telling her own. Only when the outside world encroaches on this comfortable illusion are they forced to face the truth, and decide what the past will mean for their future.

From Kirkus Reviews: "A strongly written tale about resurrecting a marriage under the most unusual and mysterious of circumstances."

From Nudge Books:
"This disturbing, haunting and powerful story explores the minutiae of the relationship between the couple as they start to live together again . . . the ending was a masterpiece of the power of “less is more” in story-telling – but if you want to know what it is, then you will have to read this wonderful novel.”

Originally from Virginia, Kat Hausler is a graduate of New York University and holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was the recipient of a Baumeister Fellowship. Her work has been published by 34th Parallel, Inkspill Magazine, All Things That Matter Press, Rozlyn Press, and BlazeVOX. Her novel Retrograde, published by Meerkat Press in September 2017, was longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition. She works as a translator in Berlin.

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