Stephanie Gangi | Carry the Dog (virtual)
In conversation with Meg Waite Clayton
Bea Seger, a woman on the verge of turning sixty, has spent a lifetime running from her childhood. The daughter of a famous photographer, Miriam Marx, she and her brothers were the subjects of the explosive and exploitative series of 1960s photographs known as the Marx Nudes, which led to an FBI investigation on charges of child pornography. This is an emotionally resonant story of an aging woman finally making peace with the all-consuming scandals and family secrets that have shaped her life.
After years of writing fiction and poetry as a hobby and winning awards such as the Hippocrates Poetry Prize and the Jeanne Cooney Scholarship for Excellence in Fiction, Stephanie Gangi published her debut novel, The Next, at age sixty. With Carry the Dog, “I wanted to subvert the clichés about how women age,” she explains. “I wanted to write about the myths of memory and the power of momentum. My lifelong interest in the intersection of rock and roll and photography provided the perfect backdrop.” She has also written for Catapult, Literary Hub, McSweeney’s, The Woofler and more.
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“Powered by insight and true wit.” —Meg Wolitzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Female Persuasion
“I can’t remember the last time I was as completely bewitched by a fictional character as I was by Bea Seger . .