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Sixth & I

Don DeLillo

In Conversation with Dana Spiotta

May 3, 2016 • 7:00 pm ET
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Zero K follows billionaire Ross Lockhart whose younger wife Artis has a terminal illness. Ross is a significant investor in a secretive, remote compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved until medical advances can restore individuals to improved lives. Lockhart hopes Artis can benefit from this pioneering science.

“We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn’t it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?” Told from the perspective of Ross’s son, Zero K weighs the devastations of our time against “the mingled astonishments of our lives, here, on earth.”

An ode to language and humanity, and a meditation on death and an embrace of life, Zero K contains DeLillo’s signature observations and sentences, his wry comedy, and his true love of language—language as the source of meaning and, as much as death, the subject of the book.

DeLillo is the author of fifteen previous novels, one story collection, and three stage plays. His novels include White Noise, Libra, Underworld, and Falling Man. He was recently awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In conversation with author Dana SpiottaBook signing to follow.