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Join us for We That Are Young


Words, Words, Words, the Folger Shakespeare Library Book Club, is pleased to announce the next book discussion—Preti Taneja's novel We That Are Young on 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.

Hope to see you there!

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We That Are Young

by Preti Taneja

Thursday, September 2, at 6:30pm (ET)


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.




Why did we choose this book?


The Folger 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.



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