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David Duchovny with Emiko Tamagawa

David Duchovny with Emiko Tamagawa

Thursday, February 04, 2021 - 07:00PM ET
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Join Brookline Booksmith and the Wilbur Theatre for a virtual event celebrating the release of David Duchovny's fourth novel, Truly Like Lightning--an epic adventure that asks how we make sense of right and wrong in a world of extremes. David Duchovny will be joined in conversation by BUR's Robin Young to discuss this heartbreaking meditation on family, religion, sex, greed, human nature, and the vanishing environment of an ancient desert.

Each ticket comes with access to the virtual event, a copy of Truly Like Lightning, and a signed bookplate.


More About the Book

“This beguiling book crackles with energy and intelligence. It makes you laugh and then just when you think the ride is coming to an end . . . it delivers a right hook that leaves you aghast. It kind of broke my heart and I loved every minute of it.” —Samantha Bee

Truly Like Lightning is a terrific novel—smart, moving, propulsive—at once a satire of Hollywood power brokers and a dead-serious contemplation of American values and ideals. David Duchovny writes with the heart of a great comic novelist and the soul of a philosopher.” —Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions


For the past twenty years, Bronson Powers, former Hollywood stuntman and converted Mormon, has been homesteading deep in the uninhabited desert outside Joshua Tree with his three wives and ten children. Bronson and his wives, Yalulah, Mary, and Jackie, have been raising their family away from the corruption and evil of the modern world. Their insular existence—controversial, difficult, but Edenic—is upended when the ambitious young developer Maya Abbadessa stumbles upon their land. Hoping to make a profit, she crafts a wager with the family that sets in motion a deadly chain of events.

Maya, threatening to report the family to social services, convinces them to enter three of their children into a nearby public school. Bronson and his wives agree that if Maya can prove that the kids do better in town than in their desert oasis, they will sell her a chunk of their priceless plot of land. Suddenly confronted with all the complications of the twenty-first century that they tried to keep out of their lives, the Powerses must reckon with their lifestyle as they try to save it.

David Duchovny is a television, stage, and screen actor, as well as a singer-songwriter, screenwriter, and director. He lives in New York and Los Angeles.

This event was previously going to be moderated by Robin Young. Emiko Tamagawa, Robin's producer for Here and Now, will be filling this role.