Left Bank Books welcomes first novelist Claire Luchette with “Agatha of Little Neon”


Left Bank Books welcomes first novelist Claire Luchette, who will discuss her highly anticipated debut novel, Agatha of Little Neon, on our Facebook Live page at 7 p.m. CT on August 11. Luchette will be in conversation with The Onion and Reductress contributor and author of The 2000s Made Me Gay Grace Perry. Join us on our Facebook Live page and order a copy of Agatha of Little Neon from Left Bank Books to support independent authors and bookstores!

About Agatha from Little Neon

Incredibly original, ironic and perfectly attuned to the strangeness – and the depth – of life “(Cristina Henríquez), Claire Luchette’s debut album, Agatha of Little Neon, is a novel about desire and brotherhood , which explains how you fit (or not) and the unexpected friends who help you find your true self

Agatha has lived every day for nine years with her sisters: they work together, laugh together, pray together. Their world is contained in the little house they share. All four are devoted to Mother Roberta and to their quiet and determined lives.

But when the parish goes bankrupt, the sisters are forced to move. They land in Woonsocket, an old town of mills today dotted with wind turbines. They take over a halfway house, where they live alongside their protégés, such as the jawless Tim Gary and the stubborn lawnmower Jill. Agatha is forced to venture out into the world on her own to teach math at a local girls-only high school, where, for the first time in years, she has to deal with what she sees and feels on her own. Who will she be if she is not with her sisters? These women, the church, have been his home. Or did she just hide?

Disarming, delightfully unmoved and full of research, Claire Luchette’s Agatha of Little Neon offers a glimpse into the lives of women and the choices they make. It’s a novel about fellowship, friendship, and devotion, how we cope (or not), and the unexpected friends who help us find our true selves.

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“There are no faux pas in this novel about brotherhood, belonging and what it means to choose your life. Agatha of Little Neon is a brilliant testament to the talent and original voice of Claire Luchette.” –Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

“Claire Luchette is a dazzling new voice, a master at balancing a sly impassive mind with deep and genuine pathos. Little Neon’s Agatha brilliantly mixes the sacred and the transgressive, the solemn and the absurd, and deep and contradictory desires of belonging and independence. This book is a moving meditation on how to be a woman in the world – and how to be a human. ” –Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers

About our speakers

Claire Luchette has published work in the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Kenyon Review, Plowshares and Granta. A 2020 National Endowment for the Arts scholar, Luchette is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Master of Fine Arts program and has received grants and scholarships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Millay Colony for the Arts, Lighthouse Works, the Elizabeth George Foundation and the James Merrill House. Agatha of Little Neon is Luchette’s first novel.

Grace Perry’s work has been featured in various media including The New Yorker, The Cut from New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, Outside, and Eater. She is also a long-time regular contributor to The Onion and the feminist satirical site Reductress. Much of his work, in both comedy and journalism, questions the intersection of queerness, pop culture and the internet. She lives in LA.

All you need to do to participate is log into your personal Facebook account, go to the Left Bank Books Facebook Live page, and wait for the live stream to start on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the broadcast begins). You can also watch the simulcast on Left Bank’s YouTube channel.


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