Laurie Foos’ first novel, Ex Utero, a novel about a woman who loses her uterus in a shopping mall, was chosen for “Plot of the Week” by Entertainment Weekly, and was awarded The San Diego Current’s “Hot Tamale Award.” The novel was also featured in The Los Angeles View’s “Highlights of 1995.” Her second novel, Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist (subtitled “A Novel About Art, Bowling, Pizza Sex, and Hairspray”), was published by Harvest Harcourt. Kirkus Reviews called it “A mad tale of a mad genius by a young author who may be a genius herself.” In July 2015, Foos published her latest novel, The Blue Girl. Early praise for The Blue Girl calls it “Foos’s best…a stunning novel about despair” (Entropy magazine) with a “swirling vortex of complicated psychologies” that makes the novel impressive and heartbreaking” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune). The Riveter named it one of the “Books to Read Summer 2015, calling it, “part fantasy but totally fantastical,” a book that will give your sweet tooth a twinge of the rottenness that exists in all of this, and a taste of the dark secrets unsaid, especially between mothers and daughters.” Foos teaches in the BFA program at Goddard College and the MFA program at Lesley University. She lives on Long Island with her husband and two children.
This reading was recorded at The Warehouse, Tallahassee, Florida, on October 6, 2015.