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Words, Words, Words, the Folger Shakespeare Library Book Club, is
pleased to announce the next book discussion—Preti
Taneja's novel We That Are Youngon
Thursday, September 2, at 6:30pm(Eastern Time).
Participation is free but registration is
required. Click below to reserve your spot.
All discussions will be held in Zoom and
instructions for accessing the conversation will be sent
out on the Tuesday prior. We will also share the
discussion questions, supplemental materials and
suggestions for sips and snacks in advance.
When a billionaire hotelier and political
operator attempts to pit his three daughters against one
another, a brutal struggle for primacy begins in this
modern-day take on Shakespeare’s King Lear. Set in
contemporary India, where rich men are gods while farmers
starve and water is fast running out, We That Are
Young is a story about power, status, and the
love of a megalomaniac father.
A searing exploration of human fallibility,
Preti Taneja’s remarkable novel reveals the fragility of
the human heart—and its inevitable breaking point.
Shakespeare Library's collection explores not only Shakespeare's
life and works, but also the plays' historical context, source
material, critical and performance histories, and the ways in which
they inspire and are adapted by contemporary novelists.
We That Our
Young borrows its plot structure and character inspirations
from Shakespeare's King
Lear, setting the story in modern-day India for a new
cultural perspective on this centuries-old tale.
with The Last True Poets of the Sea
Not able to join us
for our discussion of The Last True Poets of the Sea by
Julia Drake? The Folger Spotlight has introductory and supplemental
material—including discussion questions—to help you explore the
book or even host your own conversation.