Conversations from the Cullman Center: Nell Freudenberger and Eliza Griswold
Former Cullman Center Fellow Nell Freudenberger discusses her new book, The Newlyweds, with journalist and poet Eliza Griswold at the New York Public Library. In her acutely perceptive and witty new novel, Freudenberger tells the story of an arranged marriage between a Bangladeshi woman and a man from Rochester, New York. In 2010, Freudenberger appeared in The New Yorker's "Top 20 Under 40" issue.
Eliza Griswold is a journalist and poet whose most recent book, The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam, won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize in 2011. Griswold has published poetry in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's, and elsewhere.
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“Freudenberger draws women's complex lives as brilliantly as Austen or Wharton or Woolf, and, with The Newlyweds, has given a performance of beauty and grace.” —Andrew Sean Greer, author of The Story of a Marriage
“Exceptional . . . Here is an honest depiction of life as most people actually live it: Americans and Asians, Christians and Muslims, liberals and conservatives. Freudenberger writes with a cultural fluency that is remarkable and in a prose that is clean, intelligent, and very witty.” —David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World