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P.O.V. Book Club

P.O.V. Book Club

We discover new points of view (P.O.V.) by reading authors writing from diverse perspectives. Selections include fiction and non-fiction. For adults. No registration required. 

June Selection - "The Thirty Names of Night" by Zeyn Joukhadar

Summary

From the author of the acclaimed and award-winning debut The Map of Salt and Stars, a remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by the truths they carry close to their hearts. Five years after a suspicious fire killed his mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one. He has been unable to paint since his mother's ghost has begun to visit him each evening. The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once-thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria. One night, he finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z. She famously and mysteriously disappeared more than sixty years before, but her journal contains proof that Laila Z's past is intimately tied to his mother's - and his grandmother's - in ways he never could have expected. Even more surprising, Laila Z's story reveals the histories of queer and transgender people within his community that he never knew. Following his mother's ghost, he uncovers the silences kept in the name of survival by his own community, his own family, and within himself, and discovers the family that was there all along. The Thirty Names of Night is an imaginative and intimate exploration of how we all search for and ultimately embrace who we are."

 

Date:
Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Time:
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:
Sherwood Group Study Room
Library Branch:
Sherwood Regional Library
Categories:
Book Discussion LGBTQ+
Audience:
  Adults     Older Adults  
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