Headshot of Sigrid Nunez alongside her novel What are You Going Through

Some Favorite Writers: Sigrid Nunez

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National Book Award-winning author Sigrid Nunez shares her most recent novel What Are You Going Through, a meditation on friendship, empathy, and what it means to die well. With grace and sardonic humor, Nunez shares the story of an unnamed narrator agreeing to help a terminally ill friend by seeing her through the last days of her life. The New York Times Book Review says “You will emerge calmer, meditative, more thoughtful, as if you have benefited from an excellent literary massage of sorts.”

Sigrid Nunez is the author of the novels A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, The Friend, and What Are You Going Through, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She has been the recipient of several awards, including the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Guggenheim. Her books have been translated into thirty languages.

Reading is followed by discussion with the author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson, who organizes this series.


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