Long and Short of It Book Club: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez and The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
7PM TUESDAY, APRIL 30
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Long and Short of It Book Club is a new bimonthly club that explores one book and one story collection connected by a theme.

Tonight the group discusses the immigrant experience through two powerful texts. Cristina Henríquez's The Book of Unknown Americans is a coming of age story about a young Mexican girl whose family comes to America for medical purposes. The short story collection The Refugees by Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen tells the stories of numerous Vietnamese immigrants over the course of two decades.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online by clicking "add to cart" below) to get your copies of The Book of Unknown Americans and The Refugees for 10% OFF.

Then meet us at First Draft Book Bar to discuss the pick.

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ABOUT THE BOOKS
About The Book of Unknown Americans:
When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it's not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. Here Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. The Book of Unknown Americans is a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.


About The Refugees:
Published in hardcover to astounding acclaim, The Refugees is the remarkable debut collection of short stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Sympathizer. In these powerful stories, written over a period of twenty years and set in both Vietnam and America, Nguyen paints a vivid portrait of the experiences of people leading lives between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth.

With the same incisiveness as in The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to the hopes and expectations of people making life-changing decisions to leave one country for another, and the rifts in identity, loyalties, romantic relationships, and family that accompany relocation. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of migration.

The second work of fiction by a major new voice in American letters, The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.
 
The Book of Unknown Americans (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$13.50
ISBN: 9780345806406
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

The Refugees Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780802127365
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - January 2nd, 2018

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