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Beautiful Country Virtual Book Discussion

Chagrin Falls Branch

2022-10-12 19:30:00 2022-10-12 20:30:00 America/New_York Beautiful Country Virtual Book Discussion This event will be held virtually on Zoom. Virtual -

Wednesday, October 12
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Add to Calendar 2022-10-12 19:30:00 2022-10-12 20:30:00 America/New_York Beautiful Country Virtual Book Discussion This event will be held virtually on Zoom. Virtual -

This event will be held virtually on Zoom.

Join us for a lively and thoughtful discussion of Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang.

"In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal” and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive.

In Chinatown, Qian’s parents labor in sweatshops. Instead of laughing at her jokes, they fight constantly, taking out the stress of their new life on one another. Shunned by her classmates and teachers for her limited English, Qian takes refuge in the library and masters the language through books, coming to think of The Berenstain Bears as her first American friends. And where there is delight to be found, Qian relishes it: her first bite of gloriously greasy pizza, weekly “shopping days,” when Qian finds small treasures in the trash lining Brooklyn’s streets, and a magical Christmas visit to Rockefeller Center—confirmation that the New York City she saw in movies does exist after all.

But then Qian’s headstrong Ma Ma collapses, revealing an illness that she has kept secret for months for fear of the cost and scrutiny of a doctor’s visit. As Ba Ba retreats further inward, Qian has little to hold onto beyond his constant refrain: Whatever happens, say that you were born here, that you’ve always lived here.

Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light."--provided by publisher

A meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the meeting.  Staff will be available for help with connecting to Zoom and technical issued beginning 15 minutes prior to the program.  You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join.

If you have any questions please call the Chagrin Falls Branch at (440)247-3556.

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Mon, Nov 28 12:00AM to 11:45PM
Tue, Nov 29 12:00AM to 11:45PM
Wed, Nov 30 12:00AM to 11:45PM
Thu, Dec 01 12:00AM to 11:45PM
Fri, Dec 02 12:00AM to 11:45PM
Sat, Dec 03 12:00AM to 11:45PM
Sun, Dec 04 12:00AM to 11:45PM

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