Community College of Philadelphia’s Liberal Arts and Communications pathway invites you to join us for a reading, discussion and Q&A session with author Dionne Irving, who will read from her new novel, Quint. Jeffrey S. Markovitz, Ph.D., associate professor of English, will host the event.
Quint is a dazzling and inventive novel based on a true story of the Dionne quintuplets—the first quintuplets known to have survived their infancy. Born during the Great Depression, the quintuplets are taken from their homes and turned into a tourist attraction in Canada in the 1940s, leading to a lifelong struggle against the abuses of their profiteers.
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About the Author
Dionne Irving has published fiction and nonfiction in The Missouri Review, Boulevard Magazine, The Crab Orchard Review and other places. Her essay, “Living with Racial Fatigue,” was chosen as a 2017 Notable Essay in the Best American Essays collection. Her second book, Islands, will be published in 2022 by Catapult.
“Dionne Irving’s fascinating novel begins as an exploration of the ways in which innocents can be exploited, perverted and victimized by rampant commercial exploitation. From there the story broadens and deepens to become a poignant and ambitious meditation on the human condition itself, particularly as it relates to our relationship with love or its absence. Quint is a compelling read, and Dionne Irving is a writer on the rise.”
—Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True
“Quint is an expansive novel of multiple births, motherhood, siblings, celebrity, exploitation, loss and connection; this story truly contains the world. Dionne Irving is a fantastic writer; she tells this unique story with honesty and precision and playfulness, and this novel compels with her vision, which is original and vast.”
—Karen E. Bender, author of Refund