Adult Book Club to meet at Brownstown library


The Adult Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 8 to discuss “Everything Sad is Untrue” by Daniel Nayeri at the Brownstown Public Library, 120 E. Spring St.

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls Daniel) stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them, he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny, who makes things up and talks about poop too much.

But Khosrou’s stories, stretching back years and decades and centuries, are beautiful and terrifying, from the moment he, his mother and sister fled Iran in the middle of the night stretching all the way back to family tales set in the jasmine-scented city of Isfahan, the palaces of semi-ancient kings and even the land of stories.

Readers bounce between a school bus of kids armed with paper clip missiles and spitballs to the heroines and heroes of Kosrou’s family’s past, who ate pastries that made them weep and touched carpets woven with precious gems.

Like Scheherazade in a hostile classroom, Nayeri weaves a tale of Khosrou trying to save his own life: To stake his claim to the truth. And it is (a true story).

The club is for those 18 and over to share their literary interpretations of the current book selection. Everyone should read the month’s selection before the meeting but may attend even if they haven’t finished the book as long as they don’t mind hearing how the book ends. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the discussion, but listeners are welcome.

Light refreshments are served by individuals from the group on a volunteer basis. Extra copies of the book selection are available one month in advance at the library circulation desk.

Registration is requested and may be done at the circulation desk or by calling 812-358-2853.

The program is facilitated by Karen Raymer.

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