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August 11, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

Breathe: A Virtual Evening with Joyce Carol Oates & Jonathan Santlofer


August 11, 2021
8:00 pm



Books & Books, Politics & Prose and Harvard Book Store present…

A Virtual Evening with

Joyce Carol Oates

In conversation with Jonathan Santlofer


Breathe: A Novel

(Ecco, $28.99)

Wednesday, August 11, 8pm ET | Via Zoom



We are thrilled to present this event in partnership with our friends at Harvard Bookstore and Politics & Prose.

Admission + a copy of Breathe are available for $28.99 + tax/fee and shipped straight to your door. We will have a limited amount of free tickets, first come, first served.

Once you make your purchase, we will send you a private link to access the event. See below for detailed information on tickets.

About the Book:


Amid a starkly beautiful but uncanny landscape in New Mexico, a married couple from Cambridge, MA takes residency at a distinguished academic institute. When the husband is stricken with a mysterious illness, misdiagnosed at first, their lives are uprooted and husband and wife each embarks upon a nightmare journey. At thirty-seven, Michaela faces the terrifying prospect of widowhood – and the loss of Gerard, whose identity has greatly shaped her own.

In vividly depicted scenes of escalating suspense, Michaela cares desperately for Gerard in his final days as she comes to realize that her love for her husband, however fierce and selfless, is not enough to save him and that his death is beyond her comprehension. A love that refuses to be surrendered at death—is this the blessing of a unique married love, or a curse that must be exorcized?

Part intimately detailed love story, part horror story rooted in real life, BREATHE is an exploration of hauntedness rooted in the domesticity of marital love, as well as our determination to be faithful to the beloved and our determination to survive the trauma of loss.

About the Author:

JOYCE CAROL OATES is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

About the Moderator:

Oates will be in conversation with Jonathan Santlofer. His debut novel, The Death Artist, was an international bestseller, a People Magazine “Page-Turner of the Week” and is currently in development at Fox, along with his second and third novels. Jonathan created the Crime Fiction Academy as The Center for Fiction. His new novel, The Last Mona Lisa, was named one of the Best Books of Summer by People and received two starred reviews.

Ticket Guidelines:

Tier 1: U.S. GA (Includes book and U.S shipping)*: The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of Breathe (Ecco, $28.99 + tax and fee). Please note that a fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book.

*When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.

Tier 2: U.S. GA (Free, limited virtual seats): This ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and does NOT include copy of the book. Limited tickets available. First come, first served.

Located Overseas?

Tier 3:International GA (Includes Book + Shipping): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of Breathe (Ecco, $28.99 + tax and fee).

**Please Note: This option includes a flat rate international shipping fee of $25 USD for all overseas orders. Due to the pandemic, delivery timelines will vary. Please be advised that we cannot guarantee when you will receive the book, and we thank you for your understanding.

All books will be shipped AFTER the event.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.

Please note: Due to the pandemic the post office is being challenged by increased volume, staffing issues, and safety measures. Most orders within the U.S. deliver in about 10 business days from the date the book ships. International orders usually take longer and vary depending on the country of destination. We cannot guarantee the exact date of delivery, however, will do our best to make it as swift as possible. Thank you for your understanding.