Reading From ‘Mislaid’
A white lesbian woman escapes her marriage to a gay college professor and starts a life as an African-American single mother in the rural Virginia of the 1960s. Sounds intriguing? American writer Nell Zink reads from her 2015 novel ‘Mislaid.’
Zink draws from her rural Virginia upbringing in the novel ‘Mislaid’, in which we follow the story of Peggy, a white lesbian woman, born in rural Virginia in the 1960s. Peggy leaves her abusive husband, a gay college professor, and sets out to start a new life for herself and her blonde daughter – with the help of the stolen birth certificate of a black child. Peggy creates a new African-American identity for herself and her daughter in 20th century America. ’Mislaid’ traces the sexual, economic, and intellectual status of women and the enduring consequences of desire. It has been called “a high comedy of racial identity” by The New Yorker.
Nell Zink (b. 1964) is an American novelist who has been praised as “a writer of extraordinary talent and range” by best selling American author Jonathan Franzen. Her debut novel ‘The Wallcreeper’, 2014, was named a New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014 and her second novel, ‘Mislaid’, 2015, was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award.
Nell Zink read from ‘Mislaid’ at the Louisiana Literature festival, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in August 2015.
Camera: Klaus Elmer
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Produced by: Christian Lund
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2017