Virtual Book Discussion and Author Q&A with Ben Purkert on his book: "The Men Can't Be Saved"

September 28th at 7:30-8:30 PM EST


Ben Purkert’s knockout debut novel tackles a haunting question: What do our jobs do to our souls?


Seth is a junior copywriter whose latest tagline just went viral. He’s the agency’s hottest new star, or at least he wants his coworker crush to think so. But while he’s busy drooling over his future corner office, the walls crumble around him. When his job lets him go, he can’t let go of his job. Seth tries to rediscover his spiritual self; he studies Kabbalah with by day while popping illegal prescription pills by night. But with each misstep, Seth strays farther from salvation—though he might get there, if he could only get out of his own way.


Purkert incisively peels back the layers of the male ego, revealing what’s rotten and what might be redeemed. Brimming with wit, irreverence, and soul-searching, THE MEN CAN’T BE SAVED is a startlingly original examination of work, sex, addiction, religion, branding, and ourselves.


Ben Purkert is the author of the poetry collection For the Love of Endings. His work appears in The New Yorker, the Nation, and the Kenyon Review, among others. He is the founder of Back Draft, a Guernica interview series focused on revision and the creative process. He holds degrees from Harvard and New York University, and he currently teaches at Rutgers. Men Can’t Be Saved is his first novel.

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