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OPB’s State of Wonder
National Book Award finalist Rabih Alamedinne’s The Angel of History is a portrait of Jacob, a Yemeni-born poet, as he revisits the events of his life in Cairo, Beirut, Sana’a, Stockholm, and San Francisco. In Maria Semple’s hilarious new novel Today Will Be Different, Eleanor Flood faces her former and present self as her life starts to go seriously awry over the course of one day. Alexander Chee discusses his novel The Queen of the Night, about one woman’s rise from circus rider to courtesan to world-renowned diva, and is joined by singers from the Portland Opera.