Fiction Book Club: "The Default World" Naomi Kanakia

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The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The Default World by Naomi Kanakia on Tuesday, July 16th, 2024 at 7:30pm.

A trans woman sets out to exploit a group of wealthy roommates, only to fall under the spell of their glamorous, hedonistic lifestyle in tech-bubble San Francisco.

Years after fleeing San Francisco and getting sober, Jhanvi has made a life for herself working at a grocery co-op and saving for her surgeries. But when her friend (and sometimes more) Henry mentions that he and his techie festival-goer friends spent $100,000 to transform a warehouse basement into a sex dungeon, Jhanvi starts wondering if there's a way to exploit these gullible idiots. She returns to San Francisco, hatching a plan to marry Henry for his company's generous healthcare benefits.

Jhanvi enters a world of beautiful, decadent fire-eaters and their lavish sex parties. But as her pretensions to cynicism and control start to fade, she develops a Gatsbyesque attraction to these happy young people and their bold claims of unconditional love. But do any of her privileged new friends really like or accept her? Her financial needs expose the limits of a community built on limitless self-expression, and soon she has to choose between doing what's right, and doing what's right for her.

This darkly funny novel skewers privileged leftist millennial tech culture, and asks whether "found family" is just another of the twenty-first century's broken promises.

Naomi Kanakia is the author of three YA novels and a non-fiction book, What's So Great About Great Books, forthcoming from Princeton University Press. Her stories, poetry, and essays have been published in American Short Fiction, Asimov's, Gulf Coast, LitHub, and all kinds of other places. She has an MFA from Johns Hopkins and received the Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellowship in 2016. She lives in San Francisco with her wife and daughter.



The Default World By Naomi Kanakia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781558613164
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Amethyst Editions - May 28th, 2024

Event date: 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657