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book of the month

Book Of The Month:

Real Americans by Rachel Khong

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The Lincoln Highway

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – READ WITH JENNA’S BOOK CLUB PICK – From the award-winning author of Goodbye,
Vitamin How far would you go to shape your own destiny? An exhilarating novel of American identity that spans three
generations in one family and asks: What makes us who we are? And how inevitable are our futures?

“Mesmerizing”–Brit Bennett
“A page turner.”–Ha Jin
“Gorgeous, heartfelt, soaring, philosophical and deft” –Andrew Sean Greer
“Traverses time with verve and feeling.” –Raven Leilani

Real Americans begins on the precipice of Y2K in New York City, when twenty-two-year-old Lily Chen, an unpaid intern
at a slick media company, meets Matthew. Matthew is everything Lily is not: easygoing and effortlessly attractive, a
native East Coaster, and, most notably, heir to a vast pharmaceutical empire. Lily couldn’t be more different: flat-
broke, raised in Tampa, the only child of scientists who fled Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Despite all this, Lily and
Matthew fall in love.

In 2021, fifteen-year-old Nick Chen has never felt like he belonged on the isolated Washington island where he lives
with his single mother, Lily. He can’t shake the sense she’s hiding something. When Nick sets out to find his biological
father, the journey threatens to raise more questions than it provides answers.

In immersive, moving prose, Rachel Khong weaves a profound tale of class and striving, race and visibility, and family
and inheritance–a story of trust, forgiveness, and finally coming home.

Exuberant and explosive, Real Americans is a social novel par excellence that asks: Are we destined, or made? And if
we are made, who gets to do the making? Can our genetic past be overcome?

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