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Get Bewildered!

Join us in our brand-new debut series Get Bewildered as Zeno, Paige, and Camille discuss Richard Powers’ brand new novel Bewilderment. Bewilderment is one of the first ever novels written in a brand-new genre of book cli-fi, a combination of … Continue reading

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How Alienation Leads to Broken Promises – A Podcast on The Promise

Listen to Karrah and Manoush’s new podcast on the 2021 Booker Prize-winning novel The Promise by Damon Galgut. The two take a deep dive into the novel’s themes of separation and alienation, focusing on how it directly leads to breaking … Continue reading

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Circle Up!

Check out Izzy & Tessa’s new podcast on Maggie Shipstead’s novel, Great Circle. With an emphasis on style and pattern, they investigate the unique structure and themes of the novel, from femininity to family. Join them to listen to their … Continue reading

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Opening Pages of Bewilderment

Zeno Dancanet, Paige Hossetter, Camille Abatjoglou Richard Powers crafts a beautiful story in Bewilderment telling the experience of a family and their ordeals. Powers parallels the “broken” family dynamic of Theo and Robin as well as Robin’s neurodivergence through presenting … Continue reading

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Damon Galgut’s, The Promise

After a seven year hiatus, previously nominated writer, Damon Galgut, delivers an emotional and introspective look into family dynamics and the manifestations of grief. Through the lives of three south African children, Astid, Anton and Amor, Galgut mirrors the turmoil … Continue reading

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The Silence of it All

Anuk Arudpragasm did an excellent job at gripping his readers into his newest novel A Passage North. Anuk is able to create an emotional connection between the reader and the characters. Krishan journeys through Sri Lanka for his grandmother’s caretaker’s … Continue reading

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Robin and Theo vs. The World

Powers’ Bewilderment is a story about a bright, special needs boy, Robin, who is engaged with the natural world, and his father, Theo, who is struggling to overcome the grief of the only loving woman in both of their lives—Aly. … Continue reading

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Flowers for Robin

Richard Powers’ Booker Prize Winner, Bewilderment, has astounded readers everywhere with its emotional complexity and metaphorical depth. Theo and his son, Robin, take us on a journey of grief and growth through a layered and twisting plot. Via an exploration … Continue reading

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We ARE Talking About This

Let us talk about what no one is talking about: No One Is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood’s Booker Prize Nominated novel. Over the past few months, we have dived into this unique story of a woman living in the … Continue reading

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Visions on Bewilderment

If your mind is bewildered on which shortlisted Booker Prize Novel to choose for your next read, this podcast may seal the deal. Trent invites Hannah and Hope to discuss their insights on the novel Bewilderment by Richard Powers, as … Continue reading

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