We’re happy to announce that the Statesman Selects pick for July is The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil. An epic tragedy built upon beautiful prose, Weil’s debut brings us the magic of folklore and the strength of brotherly bonds in an alternative present-day Russia. We’re proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman to bring Josh Weil to BookPeople Monday, July 21 at 7pm.
The Great Glass Sea follows twins Yarik and Dima, who have been inseparable since childhood. Living on their uncle’s farm after the death of their father, the boys once spent their days helping farmers in fields, their nights spellbound by their uncle’s tales. Years later, they labor together at the Oranzheria, a sea of glass erected over acres of cropland and lit by space mirrors that ensnare the denizens of Petroplavilsk in perpetual daylight. Now the twins have only work in common—stalwart Yarik married with children, oppressed by the burden of responsibility; dreamer Dima living alone with his mother, wistfully planning the brothers’ return to their uncle’s land.
Josh Weil was the recipient of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction for his debut novella collection, The New Valley. He has been named a National Book Award “5 Under 35” author, a Fulbright scholar, and was a Jersey Fellow at Columbia University. His fiction has appeared in Granta, StoryQuarterly, and New England Review, among others. Weil divides his time between New York City and Southwestern Virginia.