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You might be thinking, “Ah I wish I read something good this summer!” Or “I wish I had read something this summer!” Well, now is your chance.
The Sadistic Summer Book Club starts next Monday, August 8th, and it’s going to be a blast. We’ll be reading the astonishing We Eat Our Own by Kea Wilson—a literary thriller that’s rich in historic subtext and Lynchian dread.
The book club is free for everyone! But please register at Eventbrite. Participants must obtain their own copies (check the library, Indiebound, or—if you live in San Diego—The Book Catapult).
The format of the club will be mostly virtual and asynchronous, meaning you can go at your own pace. I’ll be using Google Classroom to post the reading schedule, optional discussion topics, for-fun assignments, and additional reading if you choose to dig deeper.
We Eat Our Own description:
"When a nameless, struggling actor in 1970s New York gets the call that an enigmatic director wants him for an art film set in the Amazon, he doesn’t hesitate: he flies to South America, no questions asked. He quickly realizes he’s made a mistake. He’s replacing another actor who quit after seeing the script—a script the director now claims doesn’t exist. The movie is over budget. The production team seems headed for a breakdown. The air is so wet that the celluloid film disintegrates.
But what the actor doesn’t realize is that the greatest threat might be the town itself, and the mysterious shadow economy that powers this remote jungle outpost. Entrepreneurial Americans, international drug traffickers, and M-19 guerillas are all fighting for South America’s future—and the groups aren’t as distinct as you might think. The actor thought this would be a role that would change his life. Now he’s worried if he’ll survive it."
Based partly on the fraught production history of the infamous film, Cannibal Holocaust, Wilson's novel is a spell-binding portrayal of art, violence, politics, and survival.
Here’s that Eventbrite link again. Hope to see you there!