What have Doug and Andrea been reading lately?
Doug read Dearly by Margaret Atwood.
Here's what he had to say:
For someone who has followed Atwood’s poems even longer than her novels, this is a rich gift. Even for readers who may have only known of the Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood opens a whole new universe of wonder with these poems. You hear her chant to herself as she begins, “It’s late, it’s very late; / too late for dancing. / Still, sing what you can.”
Andrea read The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
Here's what she had to say:
Set in Nigeria, The Death of Vivek Oji is a powerful and poetic story of a family living with their own views of what is real. The novel begins with the death of Vivek, a son whose identity is an enigma to his parents. When his body is left at their front door, they are left to uncover the truth of Vivek's life. As Vivek creates his life as a woman, Nnemdi, his friends try to warn him/her of danger. In the end, it is a story of love...a parent for a child, for a cousin who is part of the unfolding, and of the love of friends.