August 2024 Read Between the Vines online virtual book club pass with cover of Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra
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Hello Book Lovers,

Take this opportunity to get the most out of reading! Join a vibrant Book Club that will challenge you to read unique books, and encourage you to consider alternative perspectives.

This Book Clubber Pass will grant you access to weekly Sunday evening (5:30pm AST) Book Club on Zoom.

*THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE A COPY OF THE BOOK*

I encourage you to find a copy of Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra at your local library, or your favourite second-hand book store. Of course, you can find this publication new from a number of large and small booksellers.

There are limited spaces available 🥰

Yours,

Emma

August 2024 Book Pick:
Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra
A writer of “startling talent” (The New York Times Book Review), Alejandro Zambra returns with his most substantial work yet: a story of fathers and sons, ambition and failure, and what it means to make a family

After a chance encounter at a Santiago nightclub, aspiring poet Gonzalo reunites with his first love, Carla. Though their desire for each other is still intact, much has changed: among other things, Carla now has a six-year-old son, Vicente. Soon the three form a happy sort-of family—a stepfamily, though no such word exists in their language.

Eventually, their ambitions pull the lovers in different directions—in Gonzalo’s case, all the way to New York. Though Gonzalo takes his books when he goes, still, Vicente inherits his ex-stepfather’s love of poetry. When, at eighteen, Vicente meets Pru, an American journalist literally and figuratively lost in Santiago, he encourages her to write about Chilean poets—not the famous, dead kind, your Nerudas or Mistrals or Bolaños, but rather the living, striving, everyday ones. Pru’s research leads her into this eccentric community—another kind of family, dysfunctional but ultimately loving. Will it also lead Vicente and Gonzalo back to each other?

In Chilean Poet, Alejandro Zambra chronicles with enormous tenderness and insight the small moments—sexy, absurd, painful, sweet, profound—that make up our personal histories. Exploring how we choose our families and how we betray them, and what it means to be a man in relationships—a partner, father, stepfather, teacher, lover, writer, and friend—it is a bold and brilliant new work by one of the most important writers of our time.