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Great Beginnings YA Bookclub for Adults
We'll be discussing You Bring the Distant Near by Matali Perkins.
This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse.
From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.
Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.
Mitali Perkins has written novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (a NYPL Top 100 Book) and Bamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel). Tiger Boy is a Junior Library Guild selection. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India, and has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana. She currently resides in San Francisco, where she is a lecturer at Saint Mary's College of California.
Great Beginnings YA Bookclub for adult readers is led by YA author Parker Peevyhouse. We will meet the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm at Hicklebee's Bookstore to discuss our featured book. Great Beginners will receive a 20% discount on titles chosen for discussion.
Parker Peevyhouse writes fiction about teens in unusual situations. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works at a junior/senior high school and volunteers with teens. She can usually be found wandering local trails, playing board games, or watching science fiction movies. Her first novel, WHERE FUTURES END (Penguin/Dawson, February 2016), which Kirkus called *"strange and compelling," has been featured on such websites as EntertainmentWeekly.com, Barnes and Noble Teen Blog, io9.com, and in Glitter Magazine.