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Caribbean Reads - VILLAGE WEAVERS

Location Lost City Books 2467 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States
Date Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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On Monday, May 20th at 7 PM, Lost City Books will host the Caribbean Reads book club to discuss the powerful novel Village Weavers by award-winning Haitian-American author Myriam J.A. Chancy. This sweeping, multi-generational saga follows the intertwined lives of Gertie and Sisi, two girls from vastly different social classes who forge an unlikely but unbreakable bond growing up in 1940s Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Despite their disparate backgrounds, the two build a deep friendship as young girls, only to have a deathbed revelation rip them apart. As their lives diverge across decades and continents - through the deadly Duvalier regime, personal triumphs, and tragedies - Gertie and Sisi's paths continue interweaving in unexpected ways, forcing them to reckon with long-held secrets about their singular relationship. Told with unflinching honesty, Village Weavers fearlessly confronts the harsh realities of class, race, and nationality divides, while exploring how inherited cycles of mistrust can both strain and strengthen connections between people. Readers will be captivated by Chancy's vivid depictions of Haiti, from the lush tropical landscapes to the brutal injustices under Duvalier's dictatorship. But at its core, this is a profoundly moving story about the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of female friendship against all odds. Attendees can expect a thought-provoking discussion unpacking the novel's complex themes around identity, trauma, and what it means to find your way back into someone's heart after being torn apart. With its richly drawn characters and seamless blending of English, French, and Creole, Village Weavers promises an immersive, eye-opening experience into Haitian culture and the Caribbean diaspora experience. Whether you're a longtime fan of Chancy's work or simply seeking an engrossing, emotional read, this book club event is not to be missed.

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