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Home   »  Booklovers' Corner  »  Books & Lunch on Tuesdays

BLT: Books & Lunch on Tuesdays

Join BLT (Books and Lunch on Tuesdays), Howe Library's book group. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at noon.  Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for good discussion.



Tuesday, June 14th
Family Life: A Novel
by Akhil Sharma

  If the first rule of strong writing is, show, don't tell (and it is), Sharma is a grand master, a black belt, an Olympic champion. Via the spare, guileless voice of protagonist Ajay Mishra, we travel the entire 7,000-mile journey from New Delhi to New York in his shoes as his family--father, mother, brother Birju, and he--arrives and settles in America. There is the joyous, even hopeful dispensing of household goods and favorite toys that can't make the plane trip. The surprised delight of reading the exotic ingredients on the labels of canned goods in American supermarkets. The breathless anticipation of Birju's acceptance into a prestigious prep school. Then, after Birju suffers a tragic accident, the suctioning from their lives of all that hope, joy, delight, and anticipation. This is not just the double-whammy smack of reality a la strangers in a strange land. It is a multiple-whammy, full-body smackdown that ramps up the bizarreness of their new world by adding tragic, harrowing circumstances. As extreme as the family's misfortunes become, Sharma's seemingly effortless prose transcends any disbelief, and his characters and their experiences will linger in the mind's recesses long after the last page is read. -from Booklist (starred review)

Audio: Interview from The Diane Rehm Show

Discussion Questions (PDF)


Where: Howe Library
Room: Rotary Room
Time: 12:00 - 1:00

BLT for July: TBD




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