Cancelled - Rufi Thorpe with Laurie B. Frankel
What should be an eventful month, however all plays out, comes to a close here this evening with a book that brings some levity in with some real reckoning, and action as Rufi Thorpe visits with her novel, The Knockout Queen (Knopf). And is joined in conversation with acclaimed Seattle novelist Laurie Frankel, she most recently of This Is How It Always Is, with One, Two, Three due in 2021. There should be engaging energy with this novel set in a California suburb that takes surprising twists and turns.
“The Knockout Queen is the best book I’ve read in months! Its one-of-a-kind narrator is funny, vulnerable, brilliant, and brimming with longing, and the story he tells distills the pain and beauty of a life-changing friendship like nothing else I’ve read before. This book’s got guts and heart, and wisdom for days, and I could not put it down. Rufi Thorpe is one of the most exciting novelists working today. This novel is truly exceptional. I loved it.” —Edan Lepucki.
“Thorpe takes a familiar plotline—a pair of teen misfits form an unlikely but life-altering friendship—and turns it into an arrestingly original, darkly comic meditation on moral ambiguity…. There are no victims here and no heroes, either. In Thorpe’s Technicolor world, everyone is an innocent and everyone is culpable and no one is absolved, and the result is a novel both nauseatingly brutal and radically kind. Brilliantly off-kilter and vibrating with life.”—Kirkus Reviews.