Wednesday May 27, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201
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About the Book.
From the award-winning and acclaimed author of Kings of Broken Things, Theodore Wheeler comes an exploration of love lost, the failure of humanism, and the revelations of how deeply the US government spies on the personal lives of its citizens. IN OUR OTHER LIVES is a deeply thoughtful and engrossing novel that shows that no life, regardless of place and history, is left unobserved and uninterrupted. American missionary and ROTC cadet Tyler Ahls, long missing in Pakistan, has just surfaced, proselytizing in an Afghani terrorist propaganda video. Deep in the heartland of Omaha, his sister Elisabeth Holland, is in shock that her brother is even alive. Now she must ask herself a graver question: Is he a hostage or a traitor?
Seasoned FBI special agent Frank Schwaller is asking this too. He has come to Nebraska armed with countless hours of video, audio, and email surveillance. The object of his unyielding gaze is Elisabeth. However, the more Schwaller uncovers about her—from her and Tyler’s evangelical Christian upbringing to her shattered youthful dreams to her broken marriage to a drifter—the more mystifying Elisabeth and the two men in her life become.
To find out the truth about these entwined lives—and the desperation that comes from love, fear, and the need to disappear—Agent Schwaller will discover how even the most lonesome corners of the Plains can be darkened by the long shadow of war. Haunting and inventive, IN OUR OTHER LIVES, dares us to wonder not only what our other lives could have been but the people we could have become. I’ll be in touch shortly to discuss your March coverage opportunities.
About The Author.
Theodore Wheeler is the author of the novel Kings of Broken Things and Bad Faith, a collection of short fiction. His work has appeared in publications including New Stories from the Midwest, the Southern Review, the Kenyon Review, Narrative magazine, and Boulevard, and he has been recognized with a Marianne Russo Award from the Key West Literary Seminar and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. A graduate of the creative writing program at Creighton University, Wheeler teaches at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, covers a civil-law beat for a national news service, codirects Omaha Lit Fest, and sidelines as a bookseller for the Dundee Book Company roving book cart, one of the world’s smallest bookstores. For more information, visit www.theodore-wheeler.com.