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Star Line Books’s Book Club: What We Lose

August 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Our staff reads widely and so this book club will reflect the eclectic tastes of our shop. We’ll bounce between new releases and backlist favorites, hard cover and trade paper and will gladly take suggestions.

When: August 22nd, 2017 at 6:30pm
Where: Star Line Books
Who: All Welcome
What: What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

Our August book club selection will be the debut novel by What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

About the book:

Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.

In arresting and unsettling prose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from losing her mother and learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence, to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood. Through exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. An elegiac distillation, at once intellectual and visceral, of a young woman’s understanding of absence and identity that spans continents and decades, What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

What Folks Are Saying: 

One of the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Houston Chronicle, LA Daily News, Nylon, and Elle’s Books to Read This Summer

“Zinzi Clemmons’s debut novel signals the emergence of a voice that refuses to be ignored.” —Paul Beatty, Booker-winning author of The Sellout

“Stunning. . . . Powerfully moving and beautifully wrought, What We Lose reflects on family, love, loss, race, womanhood, and the places we feel home.” —Buzzfeed


August 22
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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