April Book

posted Mar 2, 2017, 10:59 AM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 10:59 AM ]
We're taking a break the month of March, so our next book club meeting will be Monday, April 3, at 7:30pm. We'll be discussing Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  We have a couple of copies available at the library, and you can also find it on Alaska Digital Library.  It's my turn to bring book suggestions and a snack.

May's book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz.  From Booklist: "Díaz's gutsy short story collection Drown (1996) made the young Dominican American a literary star. Readers who have had to wait a decade for his first novel are now spectacularly rewarded. Paralleling his own experiences growing up in the Dominican Republic and New Jersey, he has choreographed a family saga at once sanguinary and sexy that confronts the horrific brutality at loose during the reign of the dictator Trujillo. Díaz's besieged characters look to the supernatural for explanations and hope, from fukú, the curse unleashed when Europeans arrived on Hispaniola, to the forces dramatized in the works of science fiction and fantasy so beloved by the chubby ghetto nerd Oscar Wao, the brilliantly realized boy of conscience at the center of this whirlwind tale. Writing in a combustible mix of slang and lyricism, Díaz loops back and forth in time and place, generating sly and lascivious humor in counterpoint to tyranny and sorrow. And his characters—Oscar, the hopeless romantic; Lola, his no-nonsense sister; their heartbroken mother; and the irresistible homeboy narrator—cling to life with the magical strength of superheroes, yet how vibrantly human they are. Propelled by compassion, Díaz's novel is intrepid and radiant." Seaman, Donna 

Read on!  Amanda