Next book for book club
Wednesday 10 September, 7pm
‘I’ve never read her’ book club reading:
Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli
Published by Granta Books, 2012
For September 2014 we will be reading Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli.
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983. Her novels and essays have been widely translated and work has been published in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Review, Granta, and Internazionale. Faces in the Crowd is her first novel.
Faces in the Crowd interweaves the stories of a young mother taking care of her children in Mexico City; a younger translator living in Harlem and occasionally sleeping in other people’s apartments; and, several decades before, the letters and thoughts of the poet Gilberto Owen living in Philadelphia and travelling up to New York City to see his children and ex-wife. Each strand is told in the first person, and the three voices entwine and blur. Owen sees a young woman in a red coat through the window of a subway car, which echoes another narrator’s red coat. It’s never entirely clear if the young translator is a younger version of the mother in New Mexico, or someone leading a parallel life. And increasingly, the paragraph-long sections can’t be easily attributed to one narrator or another. All three speakers merge into a nuanced chorus of wishes and regrets, visions and hopes.
Interesting articles and links we found include:
LA Review of Books on Luiselli’s writing
I’VE NEVER READ HER is a book club based in East London. We read short fiction & essays by women, every second Wednesday of the month. Bring a bottle (or not) and your thoughts. Everybody is welcome. We also host screenings and events around the texts that we read. http://iveneverreadher.wordpress.com/
Wednesday 8 October, 7pm
Sophia al Maria – The Girl Who Fell to Earth
Wednesday 12 November, 7pm
Hito Steyrl – In Defense of Poor Image
Wednesday 10 December, 7pm
Caryl Churchill – Cloud 9