February 20, 2020

Ivoryton Resident Discusses Debut Novel at Chester Library

Julian Friedland will come to Chester Library on Sept. 28 to discuss his new novel

Julian Friedland discusses his new novel at Chester Library, Sept. 28.

CHESTER — Ivoryton author Julian Friedland will read from and discuss his recently published debut novel, American Steam, at the Chester Library on Monday, Sept. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Friedland, a Franco-American philosopher who received his Ph.D. at the Sorbonne, describes his novel as “loosely autobiographical, inspired by a wealth of hair-raising experiences I have amassed over two decades teaching at American universities.”

The story follows Professor Jules Stern as he comes to the realization that his world is being overtaken by a zombie-like epidemic of narcissism. It’s a place where pampered students blackmail compromised faculty in a madcap mix of raging hormones, political correctness, and consumer entitlement. Jules valiantly beats back the disease in his interactions with students, colleagues, and romantic interests. But when his walls start to crumble, he struggles to distinguish sanity from insanity and his fight becomes a battle to save himself.

Reviewers have called American Steam both “intensely funny and intelligent” and “definitely a book you want your friends to read.” Another reviewer wrote, “A shocking look into today’s university politics and behaviors. But it’s not only about campus life. It’s also about the contemporary culture in general with some highly entertaining dating situations and quirky characters. It’s thought-provoking but written in a light and easy style.”

The Chester Library is at 21 West Main St. (Rte. 148) in Chester. No registration is necessary for Friedland’s program.

For more information, call 860-526-0018.