Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors.
Read A Simplified Map of the Real World: The Renata Stories by Stevan Allred. Fifteen linked stories chart a true course through the lives of families, farmers, loggers, former classmates, and the occasional stripper. In the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon, a man watches his neighbor’s big-screen TV through binoculars. An errant son paints himself silver. Mysterious electrical humming emanates from an enormous barn. A secret abortion from three decades ago gets a public airing. In A Simplified Map of the Real World, intimate boundaries are loosened by divorce and death in a rural community where even an old pickle crock has an unsettling history — and high above the strife and the hope and the often hilarious, geese seek the perfect tailwind. Allred’s stunning debut deftly navigates the stubborn geography of the human heart.
Pageturners is sponsored by Friends of the Library.