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Sarah Stone in Conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg discussing Stone’s new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater

January 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

a thrilling hybrid of a novel about the intricacies of family life and the inevitable handing down from one generation to the next of our deepest passions and pathologies. . . . both marvelously inventive and deeply humane.”–Ann Packer

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Hungry Ghost Theater by speaking to a bookseller.

An inventive, funny, sometimes heart-breaking exploration of the connections between hunger and art, duty and desire, and
loss and survival. Brother and sister Robert and Julia Zamarin are trying to awaken the world to its peril with their tiny political theater company, while their sister Eva, a neuroscientist, searches for the biological roots of empathy. As Julia attempts to break free of Robert’s influence, Robert, as lost without her as she is without him, takes on dark material and drives away members
of their company. Meanwhile, the whole family contends with the ongoing troubles of Eva’s youngest daughter, Arielle, as she struggles with addiction. The adventures of the eccentric, memorable Zamarin family take the reader from San Francisco to Seoul, from theater spaces to psychiatric hospitals, from Zanzibar to the Santa Cruz mountains, and into and through a series of Sumerian and Tibetan hells.

Sarah Stone’s is the author of The True Sources of the Nile. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Ploughshares,
StoryQuarterly, The Believer, The Millions
, and The Writer’s Chronicle, among other places. She teaches creative writing for Stanford Continuing Studies and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Visit her online at

Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of Pages for You and Pages for Her.


January 27, 2019
3:00 pm
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Mrs. Dalloway’s


Mrs. Dalloways Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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