Age Group:Ages 18+ (Adults)
A stunning, deeply satisfying story about how we outlive our upbringings. —Kirkus Reviews
Gripping, thought-provoking, and equal parts hilarious and wrenching, Filthy Beasts is the story of a once-wealthy family whose gilded lives fell to pieces.
Following a rancorous split from New York’s upper-class society, newly divorced Wendy and her three sons are exiled from the East Coast elite circle. Wendy’s middle son, Kirk, is eight when she moves the family to her native Bermuda, leaving the three young boys to fend for themselves as she chases after the highs of her old life: alcohol, a wealthy new suitor, and other indulgences. Kirk learns to maintain appearances and bury his inconvenient truths from the world, until he leaves the island, falls in love for the first time, and begins to discover the freedom of telling his truth.
Author Kirkland Hamill will discuss his memoir with Michaela Carter in this candid interview.
Kirkland Hamill (Author) has written for Salon and The Advocate, and was formerly the chief development and marketing officer at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his husband and a dog named Blue.
Michaela Carter (Conversation Partner) is a writer, painter, and award-winning poet. Her novel Further Out Than You Thought was an Indie Next List Pick, and was the Arizona Republic Critic’s Pick for Best Debut Author in 2014. Her poetry won the Poetry Society of America Los Angeles New Poets Contest, has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. She is the cofounder of the independent bookstore the Peregrine Book Company in Prescott, Arizona, where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Her historical novel, Leonora In the Morning Light, about the artists Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst, and the art collector Peggy Guggenheim, is forthcoming from Avid Reader Press in April, 2021.
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