Kimberly King Parsons

We are excited to host author Kimberly King Parsons in-store on Monday, May 20th at 6:00 to discuss her book, We Were the Universe. In conversation with Sarah Perry.

 

Description


A young mother, in denial after the death of her sister, navigates the dizzying landscapes of desire, guilt, and grief in this darkly comic, highly anticipated debut novel from Kimberly King Parsons, author of the story collection, Black Light (long-listed for the National Book Award).

The trip was supposed to be fun. When Kit’s best friend gets dumped by his boyfriend, he begs her to ditch her family responsibilities for an idyllic weekend in the Montana mountains. They’ll soak in hot springs, then sneak a vape into a dive bar and drink too much, like old times. Instead, their getaway only reminds Kit of everything she’s lost lately: her wildness, her independence, and—most heartbreaking of all—her sister, Julie, who died a few years ago.

When she returns home to the Dallas suburbs, Kit tries to settle in to her routine—long afternoons spent caring for her irrepressible daughter, going on therapist-advised dates with her concerned husband, and reluctantly taking her mother’s phone calls. But in the secret recesses of Kit’s mind, she’s reminiscing about the band she used to be in—and how they’d go out to the desert after shows and drop acid. She’s imagining an impossible threesome with her kid’s pretty gymnastics teacher and the cool playground mom. Keyed into everything that might distract from her surfacing pain, Kit spirals. As her already thin boundaries between reality and fantasy blur, she begins to wonder: Is Julie really gone?

Neon bright in its insight, both devastating and laugh-out-loud funny, We Were the Universe is an ambitious, inventive novel from a revelatory new voice in American fiction—a fearless exploration of sisterhood, motherhood, friendship, marriage, psychedelics, and the many strange, transcendent shapes love can take.

 

About the Author


Kimberly King Parsons is the author of Black Light, a collection of stories that was long-listed for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. In 2020, she received the National Magazine Award for fiction. Born in Lubbock, Texas, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her partner and children. We Were the Universe is her first novel.
 

About the Moderator


Sarah Perry (she/they) is the author of the memoir After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search, which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Perry has received a 2020-2022 Tulsa Artist Fellowship, the 2018 Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, and fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, VCCA, Playa, and The Studios of Key West. She holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University and is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas. Her second book, Sweet Nothings, a collection of 100 flash essays exploring candy as a vehicle of joy, resilience, and memory, is forthcoming from Mariner/HarperCollins in spring 2025.

Monday, May 20th, 6:00PM
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We Were the Universe: A novel

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By Kimberly King Parsons

We Were the Universe: A novel By Kimberly King Parsons Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525521853
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2024

We Were the Universe: A novel By Kimberly King Parsons Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525521853
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2024

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with author Kimberly King Parsons, in conversation with Sarah Perry