Gene Kwak in conversation with Kimberly King Parsons: GO HOME, RICKY!

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Gene Kwak presents his acclaimed debut novel GO HOME, RICKY! in conversation with Kimberly King Parsons!

ABOUT THE BOOK

From a rising literary star comes a fresh, satirical novel about masculinity and tenderness, fatherhood and motherhood, set in the world of semi-professional wrestling

After seven years on the semi-pro wrestling circuit, Ricky Twohatchet, a.k.a. Richard Powell, needs one last match before he gets called up to the big leagues. Unlike some wrestlers who only play the stereotype, Ricky believes he comes by his persona honestly—he’s half white and half Native American—even if he’s never met his father. But the night of the match in Omaha, Nebraska, something askew in their intricate choreography sets him on a course for disaster. He finishes with a neck injury that leaves him in a restrictive brace and a video already going viral: him spewing profanities at his ex-partner, Johnny America. Injury aside, he’s out of the league.

Without a routine or identity, Ricky spirals downward, finally setting off to learn about his father, and what he finds will explode everything he knows about who he is—as a man, a friend, a son, a partner, and a wrestler. Go Home, Ricky! is a sometimes-witty, sometimes-heart-wrenching, but always gripping look into the complexities of identity.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Gene Kwak has published fiction and nonfiction both in print and online in the The Los Angeles Review of BooksThe RumpusWigleafRedividerHobartElectric Literature, and in the flash anthology Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction. He teaches at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Go Home, Ricky! is his debut novel.

Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the debut collection Black Light (Vintage), which was longlisted for both the 2019 National Book Award and the 2019 Story Prize, and was a finalist for the 2020 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the 2020 Texas Institute of Letters Best Work of First Fiction Award, and the 2020 Oregon Book Award. Her story “Foxes” was among the trio that won The Paris Review the 2020 National Magazine Award for Fiction

Parsons is a recipient of fellowships from Columbia University, Yaddo, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation; her fiction has been published in The Paris ReviewNew York TyrantBlack Warrior ReviewNo TokensKenyon Review, and elsewhere. She lives with her partner and sons in Portland, OR, where she is completing a novel (forthcoming from Knopf) about Texas, motherhood, and LSD. 

Event date: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Go Home, Ricky!: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781419753619
Availability: This book is in stock at our warehouse and will be at the Raven within 3-5 Business Days, once they've shipped it to us.
Published: The Overlook Press - October 19th, 2021

From a rising literary star comes a fresh, satirical novel about masculinity and tenderness, fatherhood and motherhood, set in the world of semi-professional wrestling

After seven years on the semi-pro wrestling circuit, Ricky Twohatchet, a.k.a. Richard Powell, needs one last match before he gets called up to the big leagues.


Black Light: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780525563501
Availability: This book is in stock at our warehouse and will be at the Raven within 3-5 Business Days, once they've shipped it to us.
Published: Vintage - August 13th, 2019

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

“The stories in Black Light are grimy and weird, surprising, utterly lush. . . . I loved every moment of this book.” —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties


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