It’s August 2nd, which means THE SMALLER EVIL is now officially out and in the wild. It’s a book I love for all its strangeness and questions; its moral ambiguity and its pursuit of what it means to belong. The main character, Arman, is tasked with figuring out whether the source of his unhappiness is internal and external. Is something wrong with him? Or is it his environment?
I was speaking just yesterday with someone about the ways in which the scientific method allows us to understand our physical, measurable world. Philosophy, on the other hand, allows us to understand the rest of our experiences, the universal, the esoteric, and the unique. Perhaps, then, psychology is a mix of the two–an understanding of where the physical and the abstract come together to make us who we are. Arman’s conflict is in integrating these parts of himself, as well as understanding his own values. It’s a conflict I know I still grapple with. I imagine we all do.
I am so very grateful for everyone who made this book come to life. To Michael Bourret, Andrew Karre, Anne Heausler, Ryan Gesell, and everyone at Dutton and DGLM–thank you! Thank you also to all my readers–you are the best.
Lastly, if you are in the Bay Area, please come to THE SMALLER EVIL launch party! It will be this Saturday, August 6th, at 4:00 pm at Mrs. Dalloway’s in Berkeley. Much fun will be had.
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