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Friday, October 11 • 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Cults, Faith, and Complicated Love

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The comfort of faith or the danger of indoctrination? R.O. Kwon’s debut novel, The Incendiaries, examines grief, faith, cult-culture, insidious violence, and a complicated love story in the tale of two students at a prestigious university: Phoebe Lin, still reeling from her mother’s recent death, and Will Kendall, a transfer student trying to escape fanaticism. When Phoebe disappears after being lured into a cult that suddenly turns violent, Will must come to terms with what love, obsession, and loss mean to him. Named one of the best books of the year by over forty publications, including NPR and the Washington Post, The Incendiaries is, according to the New York Times Book Review, a “dark, absorbing story of how first love can be as intoxicating and dangerous as religious fundamentalism.” Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.

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R.O. Kwon

R.O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, published by Riverhead. The Incendiaries is an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Great Read and Indies Introduce selection, and it is being translated into four languages. The novel is a finalist for the National Book Critics... Read More →