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LocationMarshall District
TitlePew : a novel / Catherine Lacey.
AuthorLacey, Catherine, 1985- author.
CollectionAdult New Arrivals


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International Standard Book Number 9780374230920
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 813/.6
Personal Name Lacey, Catherine, 1985- author.
Title Statement Pew : a novel / Catherine Lacey.
Edition Statement First edition.
Imprint New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.
Physical Description pages cm
Summary, Etc. "A human-like creature emerges in a small town and sends the citizens into a frenzy"-- Provided by publisher.
Summary, Etc. One of Vogue's Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2020, one of the Wall Street Journal's Nine Best Books to Read This Spring, one of BuzzFeed's Most Anticipated Books of 2020, one of Esquire's 20 Must-Read Books of Summer 2020, one of Vulture's Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2020, one of Refinery29's 25 Books You'll Want to Read This Summer, and one of The Millions Most Anticipated Books of the First Half of 2020 A figure with no discernible identity appears in a small, religious town, throwing its inhabitants into a frenzy In a small, unnamed town in the American South, a church congregation arrives for a service and finds a figure asleep on a pew. The person is genderless and racially ambiguous and refuses to speak. One family takes in the strange visitor and nicknames them Pew. As the town spends the week preparing for a mysterious Forgiveness Festival, Pew is shuttled from one household to the next. The earnest and seemingly well-meaning townspeople see conflicting identities in Pew, and many confess their fears and secrets to them in one-sided conversations. Pew listens and observes while experiencing brief flashes of past lives or clues about their origin. As days pass, the void around Pew's presence begins to unnerve the community, whose generosity erodes into menace and suspicion. Yet by the time Pew's story reaches a shattering and unsettling climax at the Forgiveness Festival, the secret of who they really are'a devil or an angel or something else entirely'is dwarfed by even larger truths. Pew, Catherine Lacey's third novel, is a foreboding, provocative, and amorphous fable about the world today: its contradictions, its flimsy morality, and the limits of judging others based on their appearance. With precision and restraint, one of our most beloved and boundary-pushing writers holds up a mirror to her characters' true selves, revealing something about forgiveness, perception, and the faulty tools society uses to categorize human complexity.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Gender-nonconforming people Fiction
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Identity (Psychology) Fiction
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Small cities Southern States Fiction
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Secrecy Fiction