Alumna’s Debut Novel Takes on Monotony of the Office

Los Angeles Magazine recently described author Anne-Marie Kinney (Critical Studies MFA 08) as a “Southern California Camus” in a review of her debut novel Radio Iris.

Published earlier this month by Two Dollar Radio, the book focuses on the life of socially awkward Iris Finch, a daydreamer who works as a receptionist/personal assistant to an eccentric, scary and increasingly absent businessman.

In Iris, Kinney captures the loneliness of a new generation as she shuttles between her one-bedroom apartment and the office. With little else to do, Iris becomes slightly obsessed with finding all she can about “the man next door.” The stranger not only occupies the office next door, but also lives in the space.

The novel has received positive notices in several publications, including the journal, The Brooklyn Rail:

Though contemporary pop culture is often saturated with the sensational and overwrought as a means to present an enthralling narrative, Anne-Marie Kinney’s debut novel, Radio Iris, offers a refreshing alternative, reminding us that a finely-crafted, subtle thriller can captivate the reader just as effectively. Fraught with subdued humor amidst the backdrop of the absurd goings-on within the modern workplace, Radio Iris begs questions of an existential nature without feeling heavy handed.

Kinney, who currently serves as production editor of Black Clock, begins promotion of Radio Iris at several events around the country, beginning this week in Los Angeles.

Rhapsodomancy Reading Series at Good Luck Bar
1514 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles
June 3 at 7:30 pm
21+, suggested donation of $3

Literary Death Match at Busby’s East
5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
June 5, Doors at 8, show at 9:15 (sharp)
Tickets: $7 preorder, $10 at the door


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