Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Alex McElroy will be in conversation with Lauren Oyler.

Sasha Marcus was once the epitome of contemporary success: an internet sensation, social media darling, and a creator of a high profile wellness brand for women. But a confrontation with an abusive troll has taken a horrifying turn, and now she's at rock bottom: canceled and doxxed online, fired from her waitress job and fortressed in her apartment while men's rights protestors rage outside. All that once glittered now condemns.

Sasha confides in her oldest childhood friend, Dyson--a failed actor with a history of body issues--who hatches a plan for Sasha to restore her reputation by becoming the face of his new business venture, The Atmosphere: a rehabilitation community for men. Based in an abandoned summer camp and billed as a workshop for job training, it is actually a rigorous program designed to rid men of their toxic masculinity and heal them physically, emotionally, and socially. Sasha has little choice but to accept. But what horrors await her as the resident female leader of a crew of washed up, desperate men? And what exactly does Dyson want?

Explosive and wickedly funny, this " Fight Club for the millennial generation" (Mat Johnson, author of Pym) peers straight into the dark heart of wellness and woke-ness, self-mythology and self-awareness, by asking what happens when we become addicted to the performance of ourselves.

Alex McElroy (they/them) grew up as an only child in rural New Jersey, moved across the country to Oregon at nineteen years old, and now lives in Brooklyn. They received their MFA from Arizona State University and their  PhD from the University of Houston. Their writing has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the  Tin House Summer Workshop, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. THE ATMOSPHERIANS is their first novel.

Lauren Oyler's essays on books and culture appear regularly in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, Harper's, Bookforum, and other publications. She is the author of the novel Fake Accounts, which was published in February.  

The Atmospherians: A Novel By Alex McElroy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982158309
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Published: Atria Books - May 18th, 2021