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Allan Gurganus 

When: Wed., July 20, 11 a.m. 2016



Set at the dawn of the sixties in a rural Florida rendered antique by the space program, "My Heart Is a Snake Farm" introduces us to a retired Ohio librarian named Esther, who has led a life in muted colors due to her snaggled front teeth. Having never experienced physical love, she's resigned to the peculiar freedom of presiding over a twelve-room motel in Florida that she prefers to keep empty. The sudden arrival of a reptile-themed roadside attraction across the street upends her spinsterhood, but before she can decide whether to be shocked or offended, the venue's roguish proprietor becomes impossible to ignore: "This man had a brown face like a very good Italian valise left out in a forest during World War Two and just refound. Weathered, but you could still see how fine its starter materials had been." In Esther's particular circumstances, so masterfully described, Gurganus depicts a universal: namely, the thrill of realizing that our world may not be as circumscribed as we imagine, of simply knowing, "This is my life that I am living." Read by the author, a North Carolina native, in the Nasher Reads series, the story promises to be even more transporting than it is on the page. —David Klein


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