Latinx Book Club April 2021 with special guest author Patricia Engel

Latinx Book Club April 2021 with special guest author Patricia Engel
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

 

Amano Restaurante and Rediscovered Books are partnering to bring LatinX book discussions and authors to the Treasure Valley.  This month we are reading a great new book, Infinite Country, but even better, author Patricia Engel will be joining us for our book discussion!

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"A knockout of a novel...we predict [Infinite Country] will be viewed as one of 2021's best." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"An exquisitely told story of family, war, and migration, this is a novel our increasingly divided country wants and needs to read." --R.O. Kwon, Electric Literature

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 from EsquireO, The Oprah Magazine, Elle, New York Post, The MillionsElectric Literature, Lit HubAARPRefinery29, BuzzFeedAutostraddleShe ReadsAlma, and more.

I often wonder if we are living the wrong life in the wrong country.

Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family in the north.

How this family came to occupy two different countries, two different worlds, comes into focus like twists of a kaleidoscope. We see Talia's parents, Mauro and Elena, fall in love in a market stall as teenagers against a backdrop of civil war and social unrest. We see them leave Bogotá with their firstborn, Karina, in pursuit of safety and opportunity in the United States on a temporary visa, and we see the births of two more children, Nando and Talia, on American soil. We witness the decisions and indecisions that lead to Mauro's deportation and the family's splintering--the costs they've all been living with ever since.

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel, herself a dual citizen and the daughter of Colombian immigrants, gives voice to all five family members as they navigate the particulars of their respective circumstances. And all the while, the metronome ticks: Will Talia make it to Bogotá in time? And if she does, can she bring herself to trade the solid facts of her father and life in Colombia for the distant vision of her mother and siblings in America?

Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality of the undocumented in America, Infinite Country is the story of two countries and one mixed-status family--for whom every triumph is stitched with regret, and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred.

About the Author: Patricia Engel is the author of The Veins of the Ocean, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award; and Vida, a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway and Young Lions Fiction Awards, New York Times Notable Book, and winner of Colombia's national book award, the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her stories appear in The Best American Short StoriesThe Best American Mystery StoriesThe O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Born to Colombian parents, Patricia teaches creative writing at the University of Miami.

Event is open to the public.

**Event is a pay-as-you-can with April’s donations going to the Learning Lab, a literacy education center for adults and young children. **

Event address: 
180 North 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781982159467
Availability: On Our Shelves Now in Boise or Caldwell
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

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