Author CJ Hauser will be at the Ridgefield Library to discuss her recently released book Family of Origin on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. The book is an absurdist meditation on nature vs. nurture centered on estranged half siblings yoked together on a swampy Gulf Coast island after the unexpected death of their biologist father. The book has been called “riveting and emotionally intricate” (Helen Phillips), “funny, tender, and hopeful” (Brock Clarke), “beautiful and utterly propulsive” (Anton DiSclafani).
Hauser teaches creative writing and literature at Colgate University. She is the author of the novel The From-Aways and her fiction has appeared in Tin House, Narrative Magazine, TriQuarterly, Esquire, Third Coast, and The Kenyon Review. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Florida State University. She lives in Hamilton, N.Y.