Lakeview Lit Syndicate #37: Disoriental

May's book club pick is Nègar Djavadi’s marvelous debut novel Disoriental! Complimentary wine and sweets from Vanille Patisserie will be available to sip/nibble at 6:30PM, and the discussion will start promptly at 7.

About the book:

Disoriental begins innocuously with the narrator, Kimiâ, at a fertility clinic in contemporary Paris. Soon, however, the reader is thrown into the past, encountering Kimiâ's Persian great grandfather and eventually learning of her family's harrowing escape to France during the Iranian Revolution. This ambitious, intricate story weaves a family's history with the history of a country, but it is firmly rooted in one woman's exploration of her place in the world, as a refugee from her homeland and an outcast from her family. Blending the personal and the political, tragedy and humor, the evocative story that unfolds is full of heart and warmth, unearthing sharp truths about diaspora, integration and segregation, sexuality, and how our family histories and political/cultural oppressions shape who we become. Ultimately, Disoriental is about the freedom to live and love in a world that doesn't always grant such freedoms, unless you fight for them. Multigenerational sagas don't always work, but Djavadi is a masterful storyteller. Disoriental doesn't merely work, it absolutely triumphs.

Disoriental Cover Image
By Negar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609454517
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - April 17th, 2018

Event date: 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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