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September Bookclub: What is the What

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  • What is the What by Dave Eggers

    In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. We follow his life as he's driven from his home as a boy and walks, with thousands of orphans, to Ethiopia, where he finds safety — for a time. Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation — and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated. In this book, written with expansive humanity and surprising humor, we come to understand the nature of the conflicts in Sudan, the refugee experience in America, the dreams of the Dinka people, and the challenge one indomitable man faces in a world collapsing around him.

    Cyndi's pick for the month looks to be a book full of discussion. Your goal...read and be ready to discuss.

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  • Cyndi

    As much as I really wanted to discuss Dave Eggers and the What, I'm afraid I'm not going to make it tonight. Our dog had to go to doggy ER and it's likely that we'll have to put her down. I'm too drained to come tonight. I appreciate being able to pick the book! Sorry to have to cancel.

    September 2, 2014

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