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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

readergirlz May pick

In May over at readergirlz, we are reading Laura Resau's gorgeous book, Red Glass. Come join us!

Here is an excerpt of the roundtable discussion among Lorie Ann Grover, Shelf Elf, Little Willow, and me (read the full discussion at Little Willow's blog):

Little Willow: Red Glass by Laura Resau takes readers on a journey with Sophie, a teenage girl scared of change but full of sisterly love for a little boy her family took in after a tragedy. Pablo is only five years old - and the only survivor of a group that crossed the Mexican border in search of a better life in the United States of America. A year later, when they discover Pablo has living relatives still in Mexico, Sophie, her great-aunt Dika, Dika's boyfriend and his son, Angel, accompany Pablo back to his hometown. It's a trip that will change all of their lives - and their families - forever.

Lorie Ann Grover: I was so happy to find Red Glass as I was reading works with Latina content and those authored by Latinas. The book's 3 starred reviews made me jump to find a copy. I love the content it is bringing to our group, from a girl finding her freedom from fear to life in a small Mexican city. However, the individual, vivid characters are what ring so powerfully to me.

Little Willow: Anyone want to share their background or nationality? Are there any immigration stories in your immediate family?

Lorie Ann: I know my German grandfather left Germany right before WWII. The other side of my family came from Switzerland.

Shelf Elf: On my mom's side, we've been in Canada for a bunch of generations, but originally from Britain. My dad came here on his own from Belfast in his twenties.

Holly Cupala: My side of the family has been in the U.S. for generations (originally from Wales), but my husband's parents immigrated from India in the 70's. Their story is fascinating to me.

Little Willow: Who were your favorite characters in Red Glass?

Lorie Ann: Dika and Nola. Weren't these ladies such great examples of loving your body shape and being comfortable in the world?

Little Willow: Indeed they were. I admired Nola's strength and determination. I liked Sophie as the narrator because she was seeing everything with open eyes and she had such an open heart. I felt for her whenever she spoke of her fears and worries.

Shelf Elf: I admired Dika a lot, the way she continued to love life and see reasons for joy even after having lived through war. I agree that Sophie had such a good heart. She'd be a great friend.

Holly: I think Dika, but I felt so close to Sophie, seeing the world through her eyes. Pablo reminded me of someone I know. It's hard to choose one.

Little Willow: What was your favorite scene?

Lorie Ann: I think the graveyard scene will linger in my mind most...

To read the rest, go to Little Willow's post!

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