There's nothing like a good book and the African American Writers Book Discussion Group (AAWBDG) reads one each month. This club has been reading and discussing books written by black authors for more than 20 years. Membership is open to all adults (age 18 and older) and meets 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, mostly at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Avenue. Click here to reserve books from the library. Contact Vince Omni, 785-213-0138 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
"Foreign Gods, Inc." by Okey Ndibe
7 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2016
Foreign Gods, Inc., tells the story of Ike, a New York-based Nigerian cab driver who sets out to steal the statue of an ancient war deity from his home village and sell it to a New York gallery. Ike's plan is fueled by desperation. Despite a degree in economics from a major American college, his strong accent has barred him from the corporate world. Forced to eke out a living as a cab driver, he is unable to manage the emotional and material needs of a temperamental African American bride and a widowed mother demanding financial support. When he turns to gambling, his mounting losses compound his woes. And so he travels back to Nigeria to steal the statue, where he has to deal with old friends, family, and a mounting conflict between those in the village who worship the deity, and those who practice Christianity. A meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the "exotic," including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after ineffable illusions; and an exploration of the shifting nature of memory, Foreign Gods is a brilliant work of fiction that illuminates our globally interconnected world like no other.
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