Thursday June 3 at 6PM
Join our Historical Book Club virtual session. You will be emailed the link to connect to our discussion after you register.
Dawn will discuss Passage West by Rishi Reddi.
This is a vibrant first novel from author Rishi Reddi following a family of Indian sharecroppers at the onset of World War I, revealing a little-known part of California history.
This wise and wonderfully written novel, reminiscent of John Steinbeck’s best, shines a light on a little-known facet of American history: the role of Indians — or Hindustanees as they were then more commonly known — in the California farming industry during the earliest days of the 20th century. Rishi Reddi’s debut is at once sweeping and deeply intimate, examining with both keen insight and empathy the plight of pre- and post-World War I sharecroppers as they struggled to adjust to and thrive in an era of constant upheaval.