BANGOR, Maine — Local book group, the “Gals Who Read Books” are partnering with the Bangor Public Library to bring Brian Leung, author of Take Me Home: A Novel on Thursday, October 24th at 5:30 p.m.
“As an Asian-American, I was embarrassed that I knew nothing about the 1185 massacre of Chinese coal miners that happened in [the] Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory,” says author Brian Leung. “The event had international implications and yet it was lost to history. At first I did research for myself, but the more I uncovered and discovered, the more I knew it was a story I needed to write.”
Take Me Home: A Novel is a “searing, redemptive novel that explores justice in a time of violence, and the sweeping landscape between friendship and love” (goodreads.com). The story follows Adele “Addie” Maine as she returns to Dire, a Wyoming coal-mining town, forty years after the deadly events that nearly took her life and drove her away without a word to her husband. Take Me Home: A Novel brings the reader along her journey, reliving her past befriending a Chinese immigrant where locals are taught that these men are “half-man, “half-beast – devious creatures to be wary of.” The bond between Addie and the immigrant is overshadowed by the reality that a friendship would be impossible and forbidden, even in a territory where almost everyone is an immigrant. Returning to Dire decades later, Addie must bid farewell to the friend she made against all odds and come face-to-face with the man she’s certain tried to kill her, and at last confronts the surprises and losses that await at the end of a difficult journey.
This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the “Gals Who Read Books.” For more information, contact the Library at (207) 947-8336.