Bret Easton Ellis Presents The Shards, in conversation with Naomi Fry

January 26th

BKLYN Studios
445 Albee Square W

A sensational new novel from the best-selling author of Less Than Zero and American Psycho that tracks a group of privileged Los Angeles high school friends as a serial killer strikes across the city.

Bret Easton Ellis’s masterful new novel is a story about the end of innocence, and the perilous passage from adolescence into adulthood, set in a vibrantly fictionalized Los Angeles in 1981 as a serial killer begins targeting teenagers throughout the city.

Seventeen-year-old Bret is a senior at the exclusive Buckley prep school when a new student arrives with a mysterious past. Robert Mallory is bright, handsome, charismatic, and shielding a secret from Bret and his friends even as he becomes a part of their tightly knit circle. Bret’s obsession with Mallory is equaled only by his increasingly unsettling preoccupation with the Trawler, a serial killer on the loose who seems to be drawing ever closer to Bret and his friends, taunting them—and Bret in particular—with grotesque threats and horrific, sharply local acts of violence. The coincidences are uncanny, but they are also filtered through the imagination of a teenager whose gifts for constructing narrative from the filaments of his own life are about to make him one of the most explosive literary sensations of his generation. Can he trust his friends—or his own mind—to make sense of the danger they appear to be in? Thwarted by the world and by his own innate desires, buffeted by unhealthy fixations, he spirals into paranoia and isolation as the relationship between the Trawler and Robert Mallory hurtles inexorably toward a collision. 

Set against the intensely vivid and nostalgic backdrop of pre-Less Than Zero L.A., The Shards is a mesmerizing fusing of fact and fiction, the real and the imagined, that brilliantly explores the emotional fabric of Bret’s life at seventeen—sex and jealousy, obsession and murderous rage. Gripping, sly, suspenseful, deeply haunting, and often darkly funny, The Shards is Ellis at his inimitable best.

By RSVPing to this event you are in the running to win signed copies of American Psycho and Less Than Zero (which are, incidentally, our suggested companion texts to The Shards). The winner will be notified via email, and can collect their books at the event or at McNally Jackson's Downtown Brooklyn location. 

Your ticket also includes a pre-signed copy of The Shards. Please note that there will not be a signing at the event. 



We recommend that guests wear masks on the night. 

BRET EASTON ELLIS is the author of six novels, a collection of stories, and a work of nonfiction, which have been translated into thirty-two languages. He lives in Los Angeles and is the host of the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast available on Patreon. Twitter: @breteastonellis IG: @breteastonellis




NAOMI FRY is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where she writes about popular culture, books, and art. She lives in Brooklyn. Twitter: @frynaomifry IG: @frynaomifry






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