Benjamin Percy, whose latest novel “Red Moon” will be released May 7, will appear at Cobble Hill’s BookCourt on May 7 for a reading and book launch party: 7 p.m. at 163 Court Street.
Percy has won a Whiting Writers Award, a Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of novel “The Wilding” (2010) and two short story collections, “Refresh, Refresh” (2007) and “The Language of Elk” (2006). His work has appeared in Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, Tin House and Best American Short Stories.
According to publisher Grand Central, “Red Moon” is “an explosive and deeply layered literary thriller set in the American West. The book has been praised by John Irving, who says, “‘Red Moon’ is a serious, politically symbolic novel—a literary novel about lycanthropes. If George Orwell had imagined a future where the werewolf population had grown to the degree that they were colonized and drugged, this terrifying novel might be it.”
The plot: Every teenage girl thinks she’s different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge, and the battle for humanity will begin.