Up Next: 'Perfect Peace,' by Daniel Black

"Perfect Peace" by Daniel BlackIt’s no secret around these parts that I’ve been studying hard over the past couple of years for my library school degree.  What may not be so well known, however, is that although I spend much of my day suggesting reads for others (readers’ advisory is a large part of what I do), I don’t get to read much for leisure.  Sure, I inhale the random Toni Morrison novel every now and again (Turning thirty has suddenly endowed me with the ability to understand them…I couldn’t explain it if I tried!), and I often glance at blurbs about bestsellers in The Washington Post, New York Times and other news outlets, but chances at engrossing myself in novels and reading them cover to cover seem to be really hard to come by these days. 

As with all things though, this semester, too, shall end.  That said, I’m very much looking forward to getting back into the swing of things this summer as far as my leisurely reading goes. 

Up next, then, shall be a read that I’ve heard tons about over the past few months: Perfect Peace by Daniel Black.  I’m looking forward to immersing myself in this one -- if for no other reason than to get VERY caught up in the many plot twists that the novel promises to offer.  The story is set in the American South, and involves a mother who decides to, due to her inability to have the daughter that she has always wanted, raise her little boy as a girl. 

When that child turns eight, she reveals to the child that, “You was born a boy.  I made you a girl.  But that ain’t what you was supposed to be. So, from now on, you gon’ be a boy.”

Believe it or not, even MORE drama unfolds from there.

Feeling enterprising?  Read along with me!  And are these kind of novels not your speed?  Check out these other reads that book groups at our branch plan to tackle during the month of May:

  • Children’s Book Club: (grades 2-4): The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park
  • Adult Book Club: (ages 18+): The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Book-to-Film Club (ages 18+): To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (note: this title is being read in conjunction with the Live to Read program, sponsored by the Humanities Council of Washington DC.  Be on the lookout for special programs throughout the city related to this title between May 12-24!)
  • Spanish Book Club (ages 18+): Gabriela, Clavo y Canela by Jorge Amado (written in Spanish)

See you around the branch!

- Mack Simon Jr.