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May 10, 2005

Esquire Literary Editor Reads From Debut Novel May 24 On WSUI

Adrienne Miller, literary editor of Esquire magazine, will read from her debut novel, "The Coast of Akron," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910. Listen on the Internet at

The reading, hosted by Julie Englander, will be a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

Dave Eggers wrote of this eccentric family novel, set in Miller's hometown, "At last, 'The Coast of Akron'! Adrienne Miller is one of the wittiest, most humane writers we have, bringing to mind at once Dorothy Parker, Mary McCarthy and M.F.K. Fisher"

Colum McCann, author of "Dancer," commented, "Dare I say it -- this book has got some real muscle to it. Miller goes to the core of a wonderfully eclectic American family. At the same time she manages to serve up a swinging London, to dissect the worlds of journalism and art, and to provoke the reader with, of all things, humor. Tender, intelligent, audacious, and packing a serious wallop, 'The Coast of Akron' will be around a long, long time."

Joanna Scott called the book "an incredible carnival of a novel": "I can't do justice to the ingenuities of Adrienne Miller's book; it's amazing in a thousand-and-one different ways. Blazingly vivid, shocking, hilarious, moving, irresistibly absorbing from first page to last, with an unforgettable family at its center."

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