Pulitzer “Campfire” Readings, a Reading & Discussion program at LIU CW Post
April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
One event on April 13, 2018 at 10:00am
One event on April 20, 2018 at 10:00am
One event on April 27, 2018 at 10:00am
Via these four readings, the group will explore how different characters achieve, or fail to achieve, success in the United States.
April 6: Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Overweight and bookish, Oscar Wao does not fit in to the Dominican-American community in New Jersey. He has high hopes that a college education, that road to American success, will help him find his place in the world.
April 13: Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
Lahiri creates the world of Indian-American emigrants in America. She also portrays “assimilated” Americans of Indian heritage as they seek their roots in their ancestral homeland.
April 20: Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
The success achieved by celebrity rock musicians can mask the fact that most would-be superstars fail dismally. Egan examines the intersecting lives of just such a cast of characters in the mad music scene of New York.
April 27: Philip Roth, American Pastoral
A “pastoral” is an idealized literary version of a peaceful natural world. Having followed all the rules that should have resulted in a perfect American life, Swede Levov finds his New Jersey utopia destroyed by his teenage daughter’s involvement with radical politics.