This book club is dedicated to the interests of women, men, LGBTQIA, ethnic minorities, and all those affected by oppressive structures. Through the reading and discussion of selected works as well as the critical examination of political and intellectual currents associated with the struggle within and against systems of subjugation, we will explore a wide range of issues related to identity and oppression.
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Come gather with us in the meeting room at Shaw Library on February 17 (the Sunday after Valentine's Day) for a lively discussion of the book 'Sour Heart' by Jenny Zhang.
Author Zhang's collection of short stories reveals the complex, inner lives of young Chinese-American women in New York City of the 1990s. Published in 2017, 'Sour Heart' was described in the New Yorker Magazine as “a feminist bildungsroman [that] depicts a collective coming of age.”
“Centered on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City, Zhang’s collection examines the many ways that family and history can weigh us down and also lift us up. "
"From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother’s role in the Cultural Revolution to the daughter struggling to understand where her family ends and she begins, to the girl discovering the power of her body to inspire and destroy, these seven stories illuminate the complex and messy inner lives of girls struggling to define themselves.”
More about the book here: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/jenny-zhangs-obscene-beautiful-moving-story-collection-sour-heart
This will be a casually-facilitated, open conversation about the issues that the book raises. Everyone – men, nb folks, trans women – is welcome in this space.
How to find us: Watha T Daniel Meeting Room in the lower level. Message the organizer (Katie) if you have trouble finding the group.
(Photo illustration courtesy Parade Magazine interview with Jenny Zhang: https://parade.com/590555/beckyhughes/literary-it-girl-jenny-zhang-on-sour-heart-her-debut-book-with-lena-dunhams/)