An 18th century Jewish peddler of salt cellars and snuff boxes is reincarnated in 21st century America as a fly named Jacob, who can read thoughts and travel unseen across the memories of two Long Island residents whose lives he transforms. Part absurdist picaresque, part domestic tragedy, part coming of age melodrama, come and hear Miller discuss the challenge of pulling this all off with her editor, Jonathan Galassi. (You may laugh but you will probably never want to swat a fly again.)
Rebecca Miller is the author of the short-story collection Personal Velocity, her feature-film adaptation of which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (FSG, 2008), which she also adapted for the screen. Her other films include Angela and The Ballad of Jack and Rose. She lives in New York and Ireland with her family.