Chloe Chun Seim: Churn

Local debut novelist, editor, and cool person Chloe Chun Seim brings her long-awaited novel-in-stories Churn to the Raven stage! Books will be available for sale and signing.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Winner of The 2022 George Garrett Fiction Prize, selected by Vi Khi Nao

After a family trip turned chaotic, siblings Jordan and Chung come up altered: Jordan begins to emit smoke when angered, and Chung locks up in the face of conflict, flops like a fish out of water. As both siblings navigate their young lives, they each grapple with the complexity of their family history, their varied responses to trauma, and their disparate experiences of race.

Siblings Jordan and Chung face a costly existence on their family’s Kansas farm. On a conciliatory trip once again turned violent, Jordan and Chung escape the chaos of their parents’ fighting to the middle of a lake. When something pulls them under, a voice speaks to them. In their long trudge back to the living, they find their chemistries altered. Jordan breathes smoke when angry. Chung flops like a fish out of water when provoked. In the years following, they navigate their parents’ separation, their father’s alcoholism and mother’s growing paranoia. In adulthood, Jordan and Chung grieve, love, and come into their own. From the plains of rural Kansas to hundred-acre towns, the end of the universe to its primordial breath, Churn mines the uncanny to tell a story of rural Kansas like you’ve never seen before.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chloe Chun Seim was raised on a small farm outside Salina, Kansas. She received her BFA in Art History from the University of Kansas and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Chloe resides in Lawrence, Kansas, and edits Snarl, a Journal of Art and Literature. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals including LitMag, McNeese Review, Potomac Review, North American Review, and more. Her illustrated novel-in-stories, CHURN, was published by Texas Review Press in Fall 2023.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
809 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Churn: An Illustrated Novel-in-Stories By Chloe Chun Seim, Chloe Chun Seim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chloe Chun Seim, Chloe Chun Seim (Illustrator)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781680033496
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Texas Review Press - January 24th, 2024

Winner of The 2022 George Garrett Fiction Prize, selected by Vi Khi Nao

Siblings Jordan and Chung face a costly existence on their family’s Kansas farm. On a conciliatory trip once again turned violent, Jordan and Chung escape the chaos of their parents’ fighting to the middle of a lake. When something pulls them under, a voice speaks to them.


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