The Writer’s Center presents a FREE virtual chat about the craft of fiction! We’re joined by Karen Outen to discuss her “beautiful and haunting” debut novel, Dixon, Descending. Karen is in conversation with Amy Freeman, author and Development Director at The Writer’s Center.
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Karen Outen’s fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, The North American Review, Essence, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and has been a fellow at both the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. She received an MFA from the University of Michigan. She lives in Bowie, Maryland.
About the Book
Dixon was once an Olympic-level runner, so when his charming older brother, Nate, suggests that they attempt to be the first Black American men to summit Mount Everest, Dixon can’t refuse. Dixon interrupts his orderly life as a school psychologist, leaving behind disapproving friends, family, and one particularly fragile student. Once on the mountain, however, Dixon’s world is upended. He returns home, where things have shifted: for him, and for the students he left. Ultimately, Dixon must confront the ways we’re reshaped by our decisions—and what it takes to angle ourselves, once again, toward hope.
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