Authors@Google: Daphne Beal
Daphne Beal visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss her book "In the Land of No Right Angles." This event took place on September 25, 2008, as part of the Authors@Google series. Alex, a twenty-year-old American student, is spending the year in Nepal, backpacking and photographing. As a favor to Will her American friend she uses one of her Himalayan treks to seek out Maya, a young Nepali woman desperate to flee her traditional family to find work in Kathmandu. But helping Maya has unforeseen implications. Soon Alex is embroiled in a strange triangle with Maya and Will, where the lines between friendship, love, and lust grow more tangled every day. In the Land of No Right Angles introduces the fiction of Daphne Beal, whose evocations of life in Nepal, and of the universal conflicts inherent to love and friendship, mark the arrival of a stunningly talented, intuitive writer. Daphne Beal's writing has appeared in Vogue, McSweeney's, Open City, and The London Review of Books. She was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker and educated at Brown and New York University, where she was a New York Times fellow. Her work has been anthologized in State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America, The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers, and The KGB Reader. She lives in New York City with her husband, Sean Wilsey, and their two children.