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Rachel Khong — Real Americans with Kat Chow — at Union Market

Location 1324 4th St NE Washington, DC 20002
Date Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
Link https://www.politics-prose.com/rachel-khong
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Rachel Khong's "Real Americans" is a profound and immersive novel that explores the complexities of identity, family, and the pursuit of belonging in a profoundly resonant way. With exquisite prose and a deft hand, Khong weaves together the stories of Lily Chen and her son Nick, taking readers on a poignant journey that spans generations and continents. At its core, "Real Americans" is a powerful examination of the American dream, challenging the notion of who gets to define what it means to be "real" or "authentic." Khong's characters grapple with questions of class, race, and visibility, offering a nuanced and deeply moving exploration of the human experience. Attendees of this event will have the rare opportunity to delve into the heart of this captivating novel alongside the author herself, Rachel Khong. Her insightful perspectives and personal experiences as a writer and founder of a literary space for women and non-binary artists promise to enrich the discussion and shed light on the themes that resonate throughout the book. Moreover, Khong will be joined in conversation by Kat Chow, a renowned reporter, writer, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir "Seeing Ghosts." Chow's expertise in exploring issues of identity and her extensive experience in journalism and cultural criticism will undoubtedly contribute to a thought-provoking and engaging dialogue. This dynamic pairing of two accomplished writers promises an evening filled with profound insights, candid discussions, and a deeper understanding of the complexities that shape our sense of self and belonging. Whether you're a longtime fan of Khong's work or simply seeking a powerful and resonant reading experience, this event is not to be missed. Prepare to be transported by the rich tapestry of "Real Americans" and to leave with a renewed appreciation for the nuances of the human experience and the enduring power of storytelling to connect us all.

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