February 10, 2000 GENEVA, NY – Stewart O'Nan, selected as one of the 20 Best American Novelists under age 40, will read from his novel Snow Angels at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, at the Geneva Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The event is open to the public and is sponsored in part by Poets and Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from New York State Council on the Arts.
Snow Angels (1994) is O'Nan's first novel and is the tale of an unraveling family, curving in tenuous but essential relation to the other. The novel weaves together the stories of two small-town Pennsylvania families connected by tragedy. Arthur Parkinson is 14 during the dreary winter of 1974, experiencing pangs of adolescence and the pain of his parents' divorce. Then his world is shattered further by the sudden and violent death of his former babysitter. Snow Angels won the 1993 Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize for the Novel.
O'Nan's other works include In The Walled City (1993), The Names of the Dead (1996), The Speed Queen (1997), A World Away (1998), and A Prayer for the Dying (1999). He is working on The Circus Fire, scheduled for publication in June, 2000; and Everyday People, scheduled for publication in September 2000.
O'Nan received his M.F.A. from Cornell University.
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