Many writers are very comfortable in places of irresolution. Take John Updike, who once said, “It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules”. In conversation with ABC’s Ange Lavoipierre, two acclaimed novelists examine the fictive space where questions are posed and answers are unimportant. Catherine Lacey’s newest novel Pew tells the story of a mute figure with no discernible identity who appears in a small, religious town, throwing its inhabitants into a frenzy. An Yu’s Braised Pork is a surreal detective story that explores the great mysteries of love and loss.

Catherine Lacey (International)

Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey is the author of three novels: Nobody Is Ever Missing, The Answers, and the forthcoming Pew. She has published fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy, and in the collection Certain American States. She is a recipient of a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and was named one of Granta Magazine's Best of Young American Novelists in 2017. Born in Mississippi, she is now based in Chicago.

An Yu (International)

An Yu

An Yu was born and raised in Beijing, and left at the age of 18 to study in New York at NYU. A graduate of the NYU MFA in Creative Writing, she writes her fiction in English. Her short stories were finalists for the Short-Story Award For New Writers from Glimmer Train and the Annual Contest from Dogwood Journal. Braised Pork is her first novel, and is due to be published in six languages worldwide.

Ange Lavoipierre (Australian)

Ange Lavoipierre

Ange Lavoipierre is a journalist, writer and comedian. She’s the host of the ABC’s daily news & current affairs podcast The Signal and a regular contributor on Radio National, ABC radio Sydney and Double J. She’s currently touring her award-winning stand up show Zealot to comedy festivals around Australia and internationally. She’s one half of the comedy web series Impostors.