"What We Lose", by Zinzi Clemmons

The *Sh*&%t, I forgot to read the Book * Club
The *Sh*&%t, I forgot to read the Book * Club
Public group

Piano Craft Gallery

793 Tremont St · Boston, MA

How to find us

In the South End, close to Mass Ave & Tremont, Orange Line (Mass Ave), Green Line (Symphony), 1 & 43 buses. Limited street parking can be found on Tremont Street and Columbus Avenue. (The T is far easier.)

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We are reading WHAT WE LOSE, by Zinzi Clemmons, for August 2019.

We will again hold the book club for WHAT WE LOSE in the wonderful Piano Craft Gallery (http://pianocraftgallery.com).

As before, this one will be BYOB/potluck. Bring whatever you would like to share. I'm planning to provide a few bottles of wine and some appetizers. We'll socialize 6:30-7:00 (-ish), then talk about the book at around 7. We can stay as long as we like!

And now, a little about WHAT WE LOSE:

From an author of rare, haunting power, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age—a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family, and country

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.

In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

“The debut novel of the year.” —Vogue

“A startling, poignant debut.” —The Atlantic

Looking forward to seeing you there!