Each night, Julián , a young professor of literature, has improvised a story about trees for his stepdaughter, Daniela. But tonight something is different: as Julián becomes increasingly concerned that his wife won’t return from her art class, he imagines what Daniela—at 20, at 30 years old, without a mother—will think of his novel about a man tending to his bonsai.
Note: Participants may also read Zambra’s short novel Bonsái which is included in the Spanish edition of The Private Lives of Trees. The English edition of Bonsai will be available only on a limited basis. (Bonsái was also made into a film.)
The group will meet Wednesday, November 9, 7-8:00 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library. Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Alejandro Zambra’s The Private Lives of Trees (Spanish: La vida privada de los arboles) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620!