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Coffee & Crime: A Conversation with Zoje Stage: Baby Teeth
November 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
In Conversation with: Zoje Stage Baby Teeth
When: November 10th 2-3 pm
Where: Oakmont Carnegie Library Meeting Room
We are excited to announce In Conversation with Zoje Stage, Pittsburgh writer here to discuss her debut novel Baby Teeth.
About Baby Teeth:
Meet Hanna. Hanna is a mute seven-year-old who adores her father. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But her mother, Suzette, stands in her way. Since she was almost three, Hanna’s felt the need to test Suzette, to find out what she was made of. So Hanna would act, and give Suzette a chance to act in reply. And then she’d know. If Suzette passed or failed. But though Suzette tried, she couldn’t figure out Hanna’s game. So Hanna’s moved on from testing Suzette, to plotting to kill her.
Meet Suzette. She loved Hanna so effortlessly when she was a baby. Baby Hanna had simple, intuitive needs. Girl Hanna is a box within a box, manipulating, antagonizing, and now harming Suzette. Girl Hanna intentionally cut Suzette’s hair, fed a schoolmate paint, set a trashcan on fire, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Suzette is out of options. She needs to put Hanna away to save her marriage, and keep her sanity.
Praise for Baby Teeth….
“A deliciously creepy read.”—New York Post
“Unnerving and unputdownable, BABY TEETH will get under your skin and keep you trapped in its chilling grip until the shocking conclusion.” —Lisa Scottoline*
“Literature has a dark sorority of bad, creepy, and cruel girls, which now includes seven-year-old Hanna. Debut novelist Stage has convincingly created one of the youngest villain’s ever, and readers who appreciate such creepy tykes as Shriver’s Kevin and Doris Lessing’s Ben, will be unable to resist the urge to meet Hanna.”—Booklist
“What makes “Baby Teeth” so good, ultimately, is how skillfully it combines the horror trope of the “Bad Seed” with a relatable portrayal of a mother in crisis. For some women, motherhood is a loss of independence or sense of self, and even the most excited of mothers-to-be can struggle with the stark contrast between what was expected and what is. As such, “Baby Teeth” takes normal parental anxieties to grotesquely entertaining extremes.”- Pittsburgh Post Gazette