One Book One Region Virtual Discussion: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Join Olivia Loo for a virtual, in-depth discussion of this year's One Book One Region selection, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. Copies of this National Book Award-winning novel are available at the Public Library of New London. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

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About the book: From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.

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 Golden 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.

Thursday Sep 16, 2021
6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
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Zoom Program