Join Our Online Book Discussion with the Author of Re Jane: A Novel
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Calling all members! Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as we talk with 2013–14 AAUW American Fellow Patricia Park about her book Re Jane, a “breezy, engaging” first novel that “grapples with real issues of identity, race, and culture from global and historical perspectives.”
As the publisher description tells it, for Jane Re, a half-Korean, half-American orphan, the place she’s wanted to escape her whole life is Flushing, Queens. Sardonic yet vulnerable, Re toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and observes the traditional Korean principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation). Desperate for a new life, she becomes the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn-based English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. Inducted into the world of organic food co-ops and 19th-century novels, Re is the recipient of Beth Mazer’s feminist lectures and Ed Farley’s attention. But when a family death interrupts Re and Farley’s blossoming affair, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York behind. While reconnecting with family and struggling to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, Re begins to wonder if Farley is the man for her. She returns to Queens, where she must find a balance between two cultures and accept who she really is.
Having trouble writing your female protagonist? Asian American Writer’s Workshop (AAWW) Margins fiction editor and up-and-coming novelist Anelise Chen moderates a conversation with authors Patricia Park and Alexandra Kleeman on writing their novels’ heroines, as well as touching on Jane Eyre and Korean Nunchi.
About AAUW’s ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club
Female authors are much less likely than male authors to have their books reviewed in major publications like the New York Times and Harper’s Magazine. That’s why we created the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club: to spotlight engrossing stories and writing by women from all backgrounds. We also connect our members to some of the authors we feature through web discussions. Sign up to get e-mails about upcoming ¡Adelante! author discussions or create your own ¡Adelante! book club.
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