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Wednesday, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm April 15, 2020
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Discussion of The Lost Children Archive will be held remotely on Wednesday, April 15 via Zoom, a video conferencing service. Members who have RSVP’ed will be contacted with instructions for joining. Please email Allison Escoto at email@example.com with any questions.
The Literarians is a free monthly discussion group open to members of The Center. The Literarians read a wide variety of contemporary fiction. The group is led by our librarian Allison Escoto. New participants are welcome throughout the year!
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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
- Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
- The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
- Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
- The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
- The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
- Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
- Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
- The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
New Yorker by way of New Orleans, Allison Escoto received her BA in Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz and closed out the 90s as a bookseller in Greenwich Village. After several years in publishing, she pursued and received her MLS from Queens College. Since then she has worked as a librarian for 15 years in various libraries in and around NYC and has been moonlighting as a poet and copywriter. She is the Associate Editor for Newtown Literary Journal, a publication dedicated to featuring writers from her beloved Queens.
Lost Children Archive
By Valeria Luiselli
In Valeria Luiselli’s fiercely imaginative follow-up to the American Book Award-winning Tell Me How It Ends, an artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet.
Through ephemera such as songs, maps and a Polaroid camera, the children try to make sense of both their family’s crisis and the larger one engulfing the news: the stories of thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States but getting detained—or lost in the desert along the way.
A breath-taking feat of literary virtuosity, Lost Children Archive is timely, compassionate, subtly hilarious, and formally inventive—a powerful, urgent story about what it is to be human in an inhuman world.
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