Author Visit: Corie Adjmi

The Marriage Box (2023)

Monday, May 8 • 1:00pm-2:00pm • OnlineCourse 11928 • $25

Author Corie Adjmi will discuss her debut novel, The Marriage Box (due out today), in conversation with SAS book discussion leader Anna Katsavos, a SUNY Professor Emerita of English Literature and Women’s Studies.

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Adjmi's first book-length fiction is a fast-paced coming-of-age story filled with drama and humor as seen through the eyes of a spit-fire teenage girl, Casey Cohen, in the 1970s. After Casey starts hanging out with the wrong crowd and gets into trouble in New Orleans, her family decides to relocate and return to their Orthodox Syrian Jewish community roots in Brooklyn. Immersed in an unfamiliar culture of weekly Shabbat dinners and extravagant events at the Museum of Natural History, the Marriage Box is a real place: a pool deck designated for girls to put themselves on display for potential husbands. Shocked but then enticed and looking to belong, Casey marries at age eighteen. However, she begins to question her decision when she learns that her new husband wants her to have a baby instead of going to college. This nuanced portrayal of Casey's journey from wild teen to married woman combines witty commentary and spunk as it depicts a young woman's conflicted desire to break free from a regimented life.

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CORIE ADJMI grew up in New Orleans and currently lives in New York City. Her award-winning fiction and personal essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including North American Review, Indiana Review, HuffPost, Medium, Motherwell and Kveller. Her first book, a collection of short stories titled Life and Other Shortcomings, won an International Book Award, an American fiction award and an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award.

Time will be reserved for audience Q&A. The talk will be recorded and distributed to enrolled students for up to one week of viewing post-lecture. Register in advance to receive the video, even if you are unable to attend the live session.

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