Lexi Freiman’s “The Book of Ayn”
By LARB Radio HourJanuary 12, 2024
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Medaya Ocher and Eric Newman are joined by author Lexi Freiman to discuss her latest novel, The Book of Ayn. A punchy satire of contemporary life, the story centers on Anna, a writer reeling from being cancelled after the New York Times dubs her novel classist. When Anna happens upon a group of Ayn Rand enthusiasts, she takes a shine to Rand’s philosophy and biography, seeking to reorient her life around Rand’s ideal of “rational selfishness.” Across Anna’s existential journey through Los Angeles and the Greek island of Lesbos, Freiman’s hilarious and poignant novel skewers and reckons with the politics and cultural currents that shape contemporary life.
Also, Ed Park, author of Same Bed Different Dreams, returns to recommend two books: The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever, and I Heard Her Call My Name: A Memoir of Transition by Lucy Sante.
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