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Diana Rojas — Litany of Saints: A Triptych - with Tope Folarin — at Union Market

Location 1324 4th St NE Washington, DC 20002
Date Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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Diana Rojas' debut book, "Litany of Saints: A Triptych," is a captivating collection of three novellas that delve into the lives of Costa Rican immigrants in the United States and their struggles with cultural identity, family dynamics, and personal growth. The author, a journalist with a degree from New York University, has worked for various publications and currently resides in Washington, DC. In the opening piece, "The Lives of Saints," readers follow an immigrant family from Costa Rica as they navigate the challenges of adjusting to life in America while maintaining their traditional values and beliefs. The narrator, a woman trapped in a subservient role, grapples with gender roles, assimilation, and religion as she witnesses her family's attempts to balance their conservative culture with the new and exciting one in their adopted homeland. The other two novellas, "Las Tres Marías" and "La Familia," explore the experiences of Costa Ricans who return to their native country, only to face cultural dissonance and a reckoning with their country's involvement in regional violence during the Cold War. Rojas' characters confront issues of individualism versus community, loyalty to a distant homeland, and a divided sense of identity, making this collection a thought-provoking and insightful exploration of the immigrant experience. Attendees of the upcoming event at Union Market on June 1, 2024, will have the opportunity to engage with Diana Rojas and Tope Folarin, a Nigerian-American writer and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Caine Prize for African Writing and the Whiting Award for Fiction. This free event promises to be an engaging and enlightening discussion on the themes and issues raised in "Litany of Saints," making it a must-attend for anyone interested in literature, cultural identity, and the immigrant experience.

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