Join us for an in-person book discussion of this year's One Book One Region selection for Southeastern Connecticut: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu to share thoughts and reactions on this "delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire" (The Washington Post). Read the book's full synopsis below. We will co-host this event with our neighbors, Bank Square Books, who will also provide copies for purchase to all who would like them. Stay tuned this fall, when Charles Yu, the author, will offer a speaking event on Tuesday, October 5th at Connecticut College.
Registration is required to attend this program. Please contact us if you are no longer able to attend so we can offer your spot to another attendee.
Synopsis: "Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: he's merely Generic Asian Man. Every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Gold Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He's a bit player here too... but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy-- the highest aspiration he can imagine for a Chinatown denizen. Or is it?
After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he's ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family, and what that means for him, in today's America.
Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes--Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu's most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet."