The Epicenter: Hannah Pittard in Conversation with Daniel Gumbiner

Co-presented by Green Apple Books

Litquake is proud to host the San Francisco launch of Hannah Pittard's newest book, the novel Listen to Me, a modern gothic about a marriage and road trip gone hauntingly awry. She will be in conversation with Daniel Gumbiner, followed by book sales and signing.

Mark and Maggie's annual drive east to visit family has gotten off to a rocky start. By the time they're on the road, it's late, a storm is brewing, and they are no longer speaking to one another. Adding to the stress, Maggie — recently mugged at gunpoint — is lately not herself, and Mark is at a loss about what to make of the stranger he calls his wife. When they are forced to stop for the night at a remote inn, completely without power, Maggie's paranoia reaches an all-time and terrifying high. But when Mark finds himself threatened in a dark parking lot, it’s Maggie who takes control.

"You won't put this story down...Pittard is operating at a level few writers attain. [She] deserves the attention of anyone in search of today's best fiction." —The Washington Post

"Winner of the Amanda Davis Award from McSweeney’s and author of the novels Reunion and The Fates Will Find Their Way, Pittard now brings us the story of a young married couple, Mark and Maggie, on a road trip gone wrong. Maggie’s recently been robbed at gun point, and by the time they stop for the night at an out-of-the-way inn (without power), the two aren’t even speaking to one another. Frederick Barthelme calls it 'a positively Hitchcockian misadventure.’" —The Millions

“Hannah Pittard's got the goods. There's no doubt about it. Listen to Me has a way of making you uneasy from the get go...this is a psychologically complex, addictive, and quick moving read. I didn't want it to end!” —M.O. Walsh, author of New York Times bestselling novel My Sunshine Away

"Pittard proves herself a master of ordinary suspense." —The New York Times Book Review