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May 2022

Book Clubs: May 2022

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Ready for some deep conversations? These collections offer fresh perspectives on relationships, race and the human condition.
STARRED REVIEW
May 2022

Book Clubs: May 2022

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Ready for some deep conversations? These collections offer fresh perspectives on relationships, race and the human condition.
May 2022

Book Clubs: May 2022

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Ready for some deep conversations? These collections offer fresh perspectives on relationships, race and the human condition.
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In Love in Color: Mythical Tales From Around the World, Retold, British Nigerian author Bolu Babalola re-envisions traditional love stories from West Africa, the Middle East and Greece with a focus on empowered female characters. In “Nefertiti,” Babalola casts the famed Egyptian ruler as a defender of women, while in “Osun,” she draws upon a Yoruba folktale to tell the story of a love triangle. Babalola displays wonderful range throughout this inventive collection, and reading groups will enjoy discussing topics like the nature of desire and traditional notions of love and romance.

Yoon Choi explores the Korean American experience and the complexities of human connection in her beautifully crafted story collection, Skinship. “First Language” is the story of Sae-ri, who struggles to make her arranged marriage a success while dealing with a difficult son. In “The Art of Losing,” Mo-sae grapples with old age and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. In every piece, Choi investigates what it means to be an immigrant, writing with compassion and wisdom throughout this uniquely assured debut.

In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, George Saunders digs into seven classic stories—all included in the book—by Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov and other greats, integrating insights from his graduate course on Russian literature along the way. As he unpacks the meaning of each story, Saunders examines the mechanics of narrative and considers what makes a work of fiction succeed. His discerning study of the short story form will appeal to readers and writers alike.

The stories in The Office of Historical Corrections, Danielle Evans’ powerful second collection, explore racial dynamics, isolation and the difficulty of connection in contemporary culture through deeply human character moments. “Alcatraz” is a poignant depiction of a family devastated by the wrongful conviction of a relative. In “Boys Go to Jupiter,” Claire, a white college student, faces fallout when she’s photographed in a Confederate flag bikini and the picture is shared online. Again and again in these stories, Evans lays bare the loneliness and displacement that so often define modern existence, setting up book clubs for meaningful conversations surrounding identity and loss.

The Office of Historical Corrections
By Danielle Evans
Riverhead

ISBN 9781594487330

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Love in Color

Love in Color

By Bolu Babalola
William Morrow
ISBN 9780063078505
Skinship

Skinship

By Yoon Choi
Vintage
ISBN 9780593311455
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

By George Saunders
Random House
ISBN 9781984856029
The Office of Historical Corrections

The Office of Historical Corrections

By Danielle Evans
Riverhead
ISBN 9781594487330

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