Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
As Lie Is to Grin: A Novel
from Catapult Press
David, the narrator of Simeon Marsalis's singular first novel, is a freshman at the University of Vermont who is struggling to define himself against the white backdrop of his school. It is a revelatory tale of a man attempting to find his true voice and identity while being haunted by the spectres his past. The title of this impressive and emotionally powerful novel is inspired by Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem "We Wear the Mask" (1896): "We wear the mask that grins and lies. . . ."
"Marsalis's slim, ambitious debut tackles loss and racial identity . . . Marsalis incisively comments on a wide range of ideas, from authenticity to architecture." —Publishers Weekly
"Marsalis' deep and creative coming-of-age tale confronts race and omitted history. An exciting, thought-provoking debut." —Booklist
“In his debut novel, Simeon Marsalis crafts a trippy and transgressive tale that bends the recognizable world in startling ways to broaden our understanding of what it means to be young, gifted, and black in America today. Simeon, I salute you. Your time to shine.” —Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Song of the Shank and Rails Under My Back
Simeon Marsalis was born in 1990 and graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013. He has lived in New York, New Hampshire, and New Orleans. As Lie Is to Grin is his first book.
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