Southwest Book Club Meets September 23
Set during the year following the September 11 attacks, Self Storage explores the raw insecurities of a changed society. With lush writing, great humor, and a genuine heart, Brandeis takes a peek into the souls of a woman and a community and reveals that it is not our differences that drive us apart but our willful concealment of the qualities that connect us.
The book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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1. List three words you would use to describe what this book is about. Why?
2. Is Self Storage a realistic novel in terms of its plot and characters or, on the contrary, does it become fantastic, "hyperreal," like the soap operas that Shae watches so obsessively?
3. The Student Family Housing complex at the University of California -Riverside where Flan and her family live can be seen as a kind of small-scale multicultural utopia. What role do Sodaba and her husband fill in this utopia? Is the utopia destroyed as a result of outside influences or from internal stresses? And do you think the housing complex is meant to symbolize the wider world?
4. Are Shae and Flan responsible parents? Do they become better parents over the course of the book? If they were neighbors, would you be as helpful and understanding as Pia?
5. When Flan finds the word "Yes" inside a box, it leads her on a quest to discover the source of "Yes" in her life. Is her quest successful? What is the source of "Yes" in your own life? What have you said "Yes" to in your life?
Questions obtained or adapted from www.gaylebrandeis.com