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HPA Community Book Club Meeting Set for March 12

March 3, 2015, 12:10 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:33 PM
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Hawai’i Preparatory Academy’s Community Book Club is scheduled to meet in the Dyer Memorial Library located on HPA’s Upper Campus at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12.

This club meeting will be led by Lois Inman, Dyer Memorial librarian, and Jamie Johnson, HPA’s Upper School English teacher, as the group discusses “Boy, Snow, Bird” by Helen Oyeyemi, the current book selection.

In March 2014 Boy, Snow, Bird was featured as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month.

According to one reviewer, Kevin Nguyen, “After escaping the cruel wrath of her abusive father, Boy Novak finds comfort in a small Massachusetts suburb and a widower named Arturo, who she later marries. Boy is quite taken with Arturo’s daughter Snow, but it’s the daughter she has with Arturo that complicates their quiet lives- Bird’s birth reveals that both Arturo and Boy are light-skinned African-Americans passing for white. Harkening back to the great passing narrative, like Charles W. Chesnutt’s, The Marrow of Tradition and, most notably, Passing by Nella Larsen, Boy, Snow, Bird is about both the exterior and interior complexities of racial identity.”

HPA’s Community Book Club meetings are open to the public, free of charge. At each event, light refreshments are served, but attendees are invited to bring something to share with the group.

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For more information about HPA’s Community Book Club, e-mail Jamie Johnson at [email protected]

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