Old Firehouse Books is thrilled to welcome author and store friend Vauhini Vara to our virtual event space! We'll be celebrating the launch of Immortal King Rao, on Wednesday, June 29th at 6pmMT. She will be joined in conversation by Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel! The event will be streaming to the Old Firehouse Books Facebook page, and is free. If you order RAO through this page, you can have your book signed and personalized by the author!
In a future in which the world is run by the Board of Corporations, King’s daughter, Athena, reckons with his legacy—literally, for he has given her access to his memories, among other questionable gifts.
With climate change raging, Athena has come to believe that saving the planet and its Shareholders will require a radical act of communion—and so she sets out to tell the truth to the world’s Shareholders, in entrancing sensory detail, about King’s childhood on a South Indian coconut plantation; his migration to the U.S. to study engineering in a world transformed by globalization; his marriage to the ambitious artist with whom he changed the world; and, ultimately, his invention, under self-exile, of the most ambitious creation of his life—Athena herself.
The Immortal King Rao, written by a former Wall Street Journal technology reporter, is a resonant debut novel obliterating the boundaries between literary and speculative fiction, the historic and the dystopian, confronting how we arrived at the age of technological capitalism and where our actions might take us next.
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