slAAm! (sampling literature by Asian Americans!) Book Club features fictional works by Asian American writers and artists. slAAm! Is open for all UF affiliated current students, faculty, and staff. Participation in the book club is to attend a book club discussion, university-wide lecture from the author of selected book, and a private reception with the author. The book club name is inspired by the Asian American Cultural Center of the University of Connecticut.

Spring 2021 we will be reading Saumya Dave’s, “well-behaved indian women.” Told from three point of views, this debut novel explores the relationships and differences between three generations. It focuses on arranged marriages, the societal and familial expectations upon Indian women, and the resulting sacrifices they make. It also depicts many of the struggles faced by South Asian immigrants and their children in discovering their own individuality and purpose.

Deadline for sign-up for the Book Club is Saturday, February 28, 2021 11:59PMEST.

Book club members who receive a copy of the book must (1) attend slAAm! Book Club first meeting on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 3:30PM virtually or in-person to pick up the book/sign book club agreement form, (2) read the book, (3) attend the book club’s monthly meeting discussion and (4)  private reception with Saumya Dave.

Calendar of slAAm! Book Club:

  • Mon., March 1 – 3:30-4:30PM
  • Tues., March 9th – 3:30-4:30PM
  • Wed., March 17 – 3:30-4:30PM
  • Thurs., March 25th – 3:30-4:30PM
  • Fri., April 2nd – 3:30-4:30PM

2021 Spring slAAm! Book Club Sign-up:


slAAm! (sampling literature by Asian Americans!) Book Club: Previous read books

In 2018, we read Sejal Badani’s “Trail of Broken Wings”. The novel deals with child abuse and how it affects everyone in the family. The book begins years later when Sonya returns home and learns that her father is in a coma and is not expected to survive. Her sisters and mother now deal with their horrific past and try to look forward to a better future.

 


slAAm! (sampling literature by Asian Americans!) Book Club: Previous read books

In Spring 2020, we read Celeste Ng’s, “Everything I Never Told You.” The book is set in 1997 Ohio; Lydia — the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee– is dead but her family doesn’t know it yet. When her body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that kept the Lee family together comes tumbling down into chaos as family members uncover each other’s secrets and shortcomings, amidst familial grief, as they try to understand one another.