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Thursday Night Book Club In-Person / Online

Join the Library's longest running book club on the 2nd Thursday of every month to discuss a new book! This month, we are reading The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang. Copies are available at the Downtown Information Desk.

The residents of Haven, Wisconsin, have dined on the Fine Chao restaurant’s delicious Americanized Chinese food for thirty-five years, content to ignore any unsavory whispers about the family owners. Whether or not Big Leo Chao is honest, or his wife, Winnie, is happy, their food tastes good and their three sons earned scholarships to respectable colleges. But when the brothers reunite in Haven, the Chao family’s secrets and simmering resentments erupt at last.

Before long, brash, charismatic, and tyrannical patriarch Leo is found dead―presumed murdered―and his sons find they’ve drawn the exacting gaze of the entire town. The ensuing trial brings to light potential motives for all three brothers: Dagou, the restaurant’s reckless head chef; Ming, financially successful but personally tortured; and the youngest, gentle but lost college student James. As the spotlight on the brothers tightens―and the family dog meets an unexpected fate―Dagou, Ming, and James must reckon with the legacy of their father’s outsized appetites and their own future survival.

Brimming with heartbreak, comedy, and suspense, The Family Chao offers a kaleidoscopic, highly entertaining portrait of a Chinese American family grappling with the dark undercurrents of a seemingly pleasant small town.

We will meet in person in the Downtown Library Community Room and simultaneously on Zoom.


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Date:
Thursday, November 14, 2024
Time:
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Zone:
Arizona Time (change)
Location:
Downtown Library Community Room (Capacity 41)
Library:
Downtown Library
Online:
This is an online event.
Event URL:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86113105232
Audience:
  Adults     Seniors  
Categories:
  Book Discussions and Author Talks  

Event Organizer

Reference Desk (Downtown)

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