Meredith Hall, best known as a memoirist, is joined by Alice Fogel, NH Poet Laureate, for a discussion of her new novel, Beneficence, her glorious debut novel.
In the years after World War II, the Senter family built an Eden-like life on their isolated dairy farm in rural Maine. When tragedy strikes, the close-knit family is shattered. Each must fight the isolation, their own grief, and guilt as they attempt to reclaim some semblance of their old life--if they can. Like the best work of Kent Haruf and Marilynne Robinson, Meredith Hall's Beneficence beautifully illuminates the effects of love and loss while exploring the meaning of family, and the possibilities of forgiveness, both of others and ourselves. Simon Van Booey calls it "one of the best books I've ever read." Dani Shapiro lauds it as “a modern American masterpiece." Novelist Richard Russo says, "If the word 'luminous' didn't already exist, you'd have to invent it to describe Meredith Hall's radiant new novel Beneficence."
Meredith Hall's memoir Without a Map was instantly recognized as a classic of the genre and became a New York Times bestseller. It was named Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and BookSense, as well as Elle's "Readers' Pick of the Year." Ms. Hall was a recipient of the 2004 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation. Her work has appeared in the Five Points, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, New York Times, and many other journals. Hall divides her time between Maine and California.
Alice Fogel was the poet laureate of New Hampshire from 2014-2019. In addition to Strange Terrain (on how to appreciate poetry without necessarily "getting it"), she is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Interval: Poems Based on Bach's Goldberg Variations, which won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature, and Be That Empty, a national poetry bestseller. An eight-time Pushcart nominee and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, her poems appear in many journals and anthologies. She leads writing and reading workshops across the country.
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