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Little Gods by Meng Jin

Here’s another book I learned about on this blog and just finished reading.  It is a complicated story that struggles with identity in terms of class, culture, education, gender, historical context and family.  It also explores the importance of the lens(es) one uses to reflect upon one’s experience.  The mother/daughter relationship is especially central to

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Apeirogon By Colum McCann

This novel is based on an exceptional true story about the relationship between two men, Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian Muslim, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli Jew.  The Aramins and the Elhanans suffer in the aftermath of the violent deaths of their daughters.  Rami’s daughter, Smadar, was killed when three young Palestinian men detonated suicide belts

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