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Friday, October 16 • 7:00pm - 8:15pm
The Son of Good Fortune: Lysley Tenorio with Daniel Handler

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Co-presented by Philippine American Writers and Artists and KALW 91.7FM

"Filled with the kind of absurdities that accompany the most difficult truths, Lysley Tenorio's brilliant, witty novel about the love of a mother and son, the immigrant experience in America, and the surreality of our current reality, is bold, ambitious, and unforgettable." —Refinery 29

From award-winning author Lysley Tenorio, comes a big-hearted debut novel following an undocumented Filipino son as he navigates his relationship with his mother, an uncertain future, and the place he calls home. Excel spends his days trying to seem like an unremarkable American teenager. When he’s not working at The Pie Who Loved Me (a spy-themed pizza shop) or passing the time with his girlfriend Sab (occasionally in one of their town’s 17 cemeteries), he carefully avoids the spotlight. But Excel knows that his family is far from normal. His mother, Maxima, was once a Filipina B-movie action star who now makes her living scamming men online. The old man they live with is not his grandfather, but Maxima’s lifelong martial arts trainer. And years ago, on Excel’s tenth birthday, Maxima revealed a secret that he must keep forever. “We are ‘TNT’—tago ng tago,” she told him, “hiding and hiding.” Excel is undocumented—and one accidental slip could uproot his entire life.

Thrumming with energy and at once critical and hopeful, The Son of Good Fortune is a luminous story of a mother and son testing the strength of their bond to their country—and to each other. In conversation with Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, whose most recent book is the novel Bottle Grove. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Buy Lysley Tenorio's book here -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9780062059574
Buy Daniel Handler's book here -- https://bookshop.org/a/11096/9781632864277
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Daniel Handler

Daniel Handler is the author of seven novels, including Bottle Grove, which was published by Bloomsbury in August 2019. As Lemony Snicket, he is responsible for numerous books for children, including Swarm of Bees, illustrated by Rilla Alexander. His books have sold more than 70 million... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT