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Soon Wiley: When We Fell Apart (In Conversation with Josh Rolnick)

The Ivy is delighted to host Soon Wiley for a celebration of his debut novel, When We Fell Apart. Come spend a lovely May evening with the author on The Ivy's covered back patio, at 5928 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209. Soon will be joined in conversation by Josh Rolnick.

Set against the neon-soaked, complex city of Seoul and an ill-fated romance, When We Fell Apart is a profoundly moving and suspenseful novel that explores identity and complicated family ties and the cascading pressures that come with both. It’s an intimate, lyrical read and an impressive first book from an author who is all too familiar with the feelings of differentness and isolation that his characters face.

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A native of Nyack, New York, Soon Wiley received his BA in English & Philosophy from Connecticut College. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and earned him fellowships in Wyoming and France. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and their two cats. When We Fell Apart is his debut novel.

Josh Rolnick's short story collection, Pulp and Paper, won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, selected by Yiyun Li (University of Iowa Press). His most recent stories appeared in Boulevard (spring 2021) and Meridian (spring 2020). Previous short stories have won the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize and The Florida Review Editors' Choice Prize. His stories have also been published in Harvard Review, Western Humanities Review, Bellingham Review, and Gulf Coast, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices. He is a faculty lecturer at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program, an instructor at Sackett Street Writers, and fiction editor at Paper Brigade, the literary annual of the Jewish Book Council.






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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 6:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop, Back Patio

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