Author Event - What Some Would Call Lies by Rob Davidson

The Avid Reader is excited to be presenting Rob Davidson and latest book What Some Would Call Lies to you on Friday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m.!


More on this title, What Some Would Call Lies:

If personal memory is false, what happens when you try to construct a memory of something that you don't remember but should--that you desperately want to remember? What Some Would Call Lies includes two novellas meditating on life, art, and the vicissitudes of memory. "Shoplifting" is the story of Monica Evans, an aspiring author, mother, neglected wife, and woman grieving her sister's death. In an attempt to come to terms with this most recent loss--and to jump-start her stalled artistic life--Monica decides to write her late sister's autobiography in the first person. This decision angers and confuses some readers (including her mother), but it pushes Monica toward healing. Employing a touch of metafiction, the story raises real questions about memory, authorship, the ownership of stories, and the many ways we steal from others--and ourselves. "Infidels," is the story how an unorthodox substitute teacher awakens sixth-grader Jackie Rose's floundering sense of focus and ambition. At the same time, an alluring older girl initiates him into the world of desire and longing. Meanwhile, Jackie's parents are moving toward an inevitable separation, and Jackie will face hard choices. Set against the backdrop of an upper Midwestern childhood in the 1970s, steeped in the lingering anxiety of the Cold War and the comforting nostalgia of pop radio, "Infidels" is a classic coming-of-age story with an unforgettable, heart-breaking ending.


More about the author, Rob Davidson:

Rob Davidson is a teacher of creative writing and American literature at California State University, Chico. His previous collection of short fiction is Spectators: Flash Fictions published by Five Oaks in 2017. Davidson’s fiction, essays and interviews have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, New Delta Review, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere. His honors include a Fulbright award, multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and an AWP Intro Journals Project Award in fiction.


Event date: 
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
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ISBN: 9781944355470
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Formal Feeling Publishing - November 20th, 2018