Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate Paul Cohen joins us in the Marina for a reading and discussion of his lyrical debut novel, The Glamshack.
Reluctant fashion journalist Henry Folsom is in love with Her, a deer-hued snake-taut beauty whose smile is an Event. The only problem is Her fiancE in New Orleans. And She's going to see him for twelve days, while Henry smolders in The Glamshack, his borrowed Silicon Valley poolhouse and site of their months-long affair. Mesmerized by the American Indian wars, grasping for the divine as he relives this bloodied love, Henry must decide what it means to make his Last Stand.
Nominated for a Pushcart Press Editor's Book Award, The Glamshack is a lyrical, darkly humorous novel on the nature of love, divinity, the Plains Indian Wars, and the male gaze. A bold, accomplished work set at millennium's end, the book echoes early prose masterpieces of Cormac McCarthy and Martin Amis, but is entirely Paul Cohen.
Paul Cohen's fiction has been published in Tin House, Five Chapters, Eleven Eleven, and he was a top-ten finalist in The Black Warrior Review Fiction Contest. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Village Voice, Details, Christian Science Monitor and others. He lives in Boulder.