CONFIDENCE: A Conversation with the Author RAFAEL FRUMKIN and Guest MICAH NEMEREVER
A Room of One's Own and Literati Bookstore are thrilled to welcome Rafael Frumkin and Micah Nemerever for a virtual conversation on Rafael's newest book Confidence
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Best friends (and occasional lovers) Ezra and Orson are teetering on top of the world after founding a company that promises instant enlightenment in this thrilling caper about scams, schemes, and the absurdity of the American Dream. At seventeen, Ezra Green doesn’t have a lot going for him: he’s shorter than average, snaggle-toothed, internet-addicted, and halfway to being legally blind. He’s also on his way to Last Chance Camp, the final stop before juvie.
But Ezra’s summer at Last Chance turns life-changing when he meets Orson, brilliant and Adonis-like with a mind for hustling. Together, the two embark upon what promises to be a fruitful career of scam artistry. But when they try to pull off their biggest scam yet—Nulife, a corporation that promises its consumers a lifetime of bliss—things start to spin wildly out of control.
Searing and charming, with the suspense of The Talented Mr. Ripley, the decadence of The Great Gatsby, and the wit of Succession, Confidence is a story for anyone who knows that the American Dream is just another pyramid scheme.
Rafael Frumkin is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Medill School of Journalism. His first novel, The Comedown, was published by Henry Holt in 2018 to critical acclaim. His Collection, Bugsy & Other Stories, is forthcoming. He lives with his partner, two cats, and one dog in Carbondale, Illinois, where he is an assistant professor of creative writing at Southern Illinois University.
Micah Nemerever was trained as an art historian. He wrote his master’s thesis on queer identity and gender anxiety in the art of the Weimar Republic. After studying in rural Connecticut and Austin, Texas, he now lives in the Pacific Northwest with his husband. He is an avid home chef and amateur historian of queer cinema. Micah’s work appears or is forthcoming in SLICE, The Carolina Quarterly, Reckoning, and elsewhere. His debut novel, These Violent Delights, was named a "most anticipated" new release in The Millions and Electric Literature, and was included on Best of 2020 lists by Literary Hub, Crime Reads, and O Magazine.