Book Beat’s September Reading Group selection is Teju Cole’s Open City. The Reading Group will meet on Wednesday, September 28 at 7pm in the Goldfish Tea Cafe (117 W 4th St #101, Royal Oak, MI 48067). Reading Group books are discounted 15% at Book Beat. For more information, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190. All are welcome!
“[A] prismatic debut . . . beautiful, subtle, [and] original.”—The New Yorker
Teju Cole’s Open City is a haunting novel about identity, dislocation, and history.
Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor named Julius wanders, reflecting on his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past. He encounters people from different cultures and classes who will provide insight on his journey—which takes him to Brussels, to the Nigeria of his youth, and into the most unrecognizable facets of his own soul.
“A precise and poetic meditation on love, race, identity, friendship, memory, [and] dislocation.”—The Economist
A New York Times Notable Book • One of the ten top novels of the year —Time and NPR
NAMED A BEST BOOK ON MORE THAN TWENTY END-OF-THE-YEAR LISTS, INCLUDING The New Yorker • The Atlantic • The Economist • Newsweek/The Daily Beast • The New Republic • New York Daily News • Los Angeles Times • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Minneapolis Star Tribune • GQ • Salon • Slate • New York magazine • The Week • The Kansas City Star • Kirkus Reviews
Teju Cole was born in the United States in 1975 and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of Known and Strange Things, Every Day Is for the Thief, and Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York City Book Award, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His photography has been exhibited in India and the United States. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.