The Vero Beach Bookies discuss The Leavers written by Lisa Ko
Monday, July 9th at 10:30 am
One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.
With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.
Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging. It’s the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he’s loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past.
This powerful debut is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.
The Vero Beach Bookies discuss Pachinko
written by Min Jin Lee
Monday, August 13th at 10:30 am
Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.
So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.
Vero Beach Bookies discuss Empty Mansions
written by Bill Dedman & Paul Newell
Monday, September 10th at 10:30 am
Vero Beach Bookies discuss Waiting for Snow in Havana
written by Carlos Eire
Monday, October 8th at 10:30 am
Vero Beach Bookies discuss A Land Remembered
written by Patrick Smith
Monday, November 12th at 10:30 am
Vero Beach Bookies discuss A Piece of the World
written by Christina Baker Kline
Monday, December 10th at 10:30 am