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ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER. STOP AAPI HATE. END ANTI-SEMITISM. The Canandaigua (CDGA) Queer Lit Book Club has been welcoming readers since 2018. In partnership with Wood Library, we are an inclusive community of readers who meet bi-monthly to discuss LGBTQAI2+ books and/or books by LGBTQAI2+ authors. Representation matters. Join the conversation!

The Canandaigua Queer Lit Book Club respectfully acknowledges that we operate on land, which is the territory of the Onöndowa’ga:’ (Seneca) Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

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Perpetual West: A Novel | Hybrid Book Discussion

Wood Library

Join your friends and make some new ones in-person at Wood Library in Canandaigua and online via Zoom as we discuss Perpetual West: A Novel by Mesha Maren.

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"The riveting new novel by the acclaimed author of Sugar Run, Perpetual West is a brilliant and evocative story of borders—between countries, between lovers, and between facets of the self.

When Alex and Elana move from small-town Virginia to El Paso, they are just a young married couple, intent on a new beginning. Mexican by birth but adopted by white American Pentecostal parents, Alex is hungry to learn about the place where he was born. He spends every free moment across the border in Juárez—perfecting his Spanish, hanging with a collective of young activists, and studying lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) for his graduate work in sociology. Meanwhile Elana, busy fighting her own demons, feels disillusioned by academia and has stopped going to class. And though they are best friends, Elana has no idea that Alex has fallen in love with Mateo, a lucha libre fighter.

When Alex goes missing and Elana can’t determine whether he left of his own accord or was kidnapped, it’s clear that neither of them has been honest about who they are. Spanning their journey from Virginia to Texas to Mexico, Mesha Maren’s thrilling follow-up to Sugar Run takes us from missionaries to wrestling matches to a luxurious cartel compound, and deep into the psychic choices that shape our identities. A sweeping novel that tells us as much about our perceptions of the United States and Mexico as it does about our own natures and desires, Perpetual West is a fiercely intelligent and engaging look at the false divide between high and low culture, and a suspenseful story of how harrowing events can bring our true selves to the surface."



  • Noire Reading Room is Rochester's online/pop-up Black Feminist Bookstore, featuring Black, Queer, and Radical texts. Support Noire Reading Room by purchasing Perpetual West: A Novel by Mesha Maren on their partner pages with Bookshop and Libro.fm.
  • Ampersand Books is the Neighborhood of the Arts' independent bookstore owned and operated by Writers & Books, Rochester’s leading nonprofit literary arts center. Support Ampersand Books by purchasing Perpetual West: A Novel on their website.

Overview. Perpetual West: A Novel. (n.d.). https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perpetual-west-mesha-maren/1138453092?ean=9781643750941

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Sorted | Hybrid Book Discussion

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