The Regulator welcomes Belle Boggs for a reading and book signing of her novel, The Gulf -- a hilarious send-up of writing workshops, for-profit education, and the gulf between believers and nonbelievers.
Marianne is in a slump: barely able to support herself by teaching, not making progress on her poetry, about to lose her Brooklyn apartment. When her “ex” offers her a job directing a low-residency school for Christian writers at a motel he’s inherited on Florida’s Gulf Coast, she can’t come up with a reason to say no. The Genesis Inspirational Writing Ranch is born. Liberal, atheist Marianne is soon knee-deep in applications from writers whose beliefs she has always opposed but whose money she’s glad to take. With sharp humor and deep empathy, The Gulf is a memorable debut novel in which Belle Boggs plumbs the troubled waters dividing America.
“A smart, slightly kooky exploration of art and money, faith and politics.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Belle Boggs is the author of The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood and Mattaponi Queen. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's Magazine, Slate, and elsewhere. She teaches at NC State.