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This Is America: Race and Family

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Three very different stories, each with a central commentary on race in the present moment here in the United States. Luis Alberto Urrea’s novel The House of Broken Angels, the story of one family coming together for one huge, celebratory, weekend, asks: what does it mean to be the first generation to live two lives across one border? Nicole Chung’s memoir All You Can Ever Know is the story of her childhood as a Korean-American child raised by white parents, facing prejudices her family could not see, and finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer. And Friday Black, the incendiary debut short story collection from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, ordinary characters are placed in extraordinary situations, revealing the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black people in America confront daily. Moderated by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree.

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