Laird Hunt Live at Colfax

Tattered Cover is honored to present National Book Award Finalist Laird Hunt at our Colfax location on November 15th at 6pm. He will be reading from and signing his book Zorrie! This is a free and nonticketed event open to the public.


Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award (Fiction)
“A virtuosic portrait.” –New York Times Book Review
“A tender, glowing novel.” –Anthony Doerr, Guardian, “Best Books of the Year”
“Pages that are polished like jewels.” –Scott Simon, NPR, "Books We Love"
"Lit from within.” -Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, “Best Fiction Books of the Year”
"A touching, tightly woven story from an always impressive author." -Kirkus (starred review), “Best Fiction of the Year”
“Radiates the heat of a beating heart.” –Vox
“A poignant, unforgettable novel.” –Hernan Diaz

From prize-winning, acclaimed author Laird Hunt, a poignant novel about a woman searching for her place in the world and finding it in the daily rhythms of life in rural Indiana.

“It was Indiana, it was the dirt she had bloomed up out of, it was who she was, what she felt, how she thought, what she knew.”

As a girl, Zorrie Underwood's modest and hardscrabble home county was the only constant in her young life. After losing both her parents, Zorrie moved in with her aunt, whose own death orphaned Zorrie all over again, casting her off into the perilous realities and sublime landscapes of rural, Depression-era Indiana. Drifting west, Zorrie survived on odd jobs, sleeping in barns and under the stars, before finding a position at a radium processing plant. At the end of each day, the girls at her factory glowed from the radioactive material.

But when Indiana calls Zorrie home, she finally finds the love and community that have eluded her in and around the small town of Hillisburg. And yet, even as she tries to build a new life, Zorrie discovers that her trials have only begun.

Spanning an entire lifetime, a life convulsed and transformed by the events of the 20th century, Laird Hunt's extraordinary novel offers a profound and intimate portrait of the dreams that propel one tenacious woman onward and the losses that she cannot outrun. Set against a harsh, gorgeous, quintessentially American landscape, this is a deeply empathetic and poetic novel that belongs on a shelf with the classics of Willa Cather, Marilynne Robinson, and Elizabeth Strout.


Laird Hunt is the author of eight novels, a collection of stories, and two book-length translations from the French. He has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and won the Anisfield­-Wolf Award for Fiction, the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine, and Italy's Bridge prize. His reviews and essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many others. He teaches in the Department of Literary Arts at Brown University and lives in Providence.

Zorrie By Laird Hunt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635578430
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 1st, 2022

Event Location: 
Location: Colfax Avenue