Monday, November 11, 2013

What We've Lost is Nothing by Rachel Louise Snyder

When the homes in a suburban Oak Park, Illinois cul-de-sac are burgled in the middle of the afternoon, all the residents' lives are thrown off-kilter. Teenager Mary Elizabeth starts hanging out with bad boy Caz. Her mother, Susan, who works at the Oak Park Community Housing Office, has her faith in racial unity questioned. Michael, her father, becomes angry and is sure that the cousins of the Cambodian family in the neighborhood are involved in the crime. Arthur Gardenia, a victim of day blindness, is reminded again of how his illness has isolated him. Sary and Dara, the Cambodians, become convinced that they were robbed because they have ignored their ancestors since they've come to the United States. Taking place over three days, the reader sees the characters' lives spin slowly out of control. Dealing with issues of race, class, and crime, What We've Lost is Nothing would make a good book discussion title.  It will be published in January.

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