Novelist Peter Rock, author of The Shelter Cycle (2013), will read from his work on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m., as part of the Literary Series at Pomona College. The reading will be held in Crookshank 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont).

The Shelter Cycle, about two children who grew up in the Church Universal and Triumphant, a religion that predicted the world could end in the late 1980s, has been widely praised. Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, writing "the real beauty in Rock's narrative lies not in the carefully revealed secrets, but in the curious humanity within each of them." Salon reviews it as "a remarkable, empathetic exploration of the nature of faith, meaning and happiness."

His previous novel My Abandonment (2009) was highly acclaimed, winning the Utah Book Award and an Alex Award, and was praised by Junot Díaz as "mesmerizing and disturbing, a book as fierce as it is tender, as tender as it is real."

Rock is also the author of the story collection The Unsettling (2007) and the novels The Bewildered (2005), The Ambidextrist (2002), Carnival Wolves (1998) and This Is the Place (1997). He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

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