Read the Resistance, June 2018: Tell Me How It Ends
For this month of Read the Resistance, an online book club that highlights written works of and about resistance, we asked Sergio De La Pava, author of Lost Empress, to recommend a book that exemplifies resistance to him. His pick? Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli. Join De La Pava for a discussion with Cristina Mari Arreola about the book on June 26 via Facebook Live.
“Resistance can also be about just resisting our baser impulses. One of these dark human impulses is the impulse to demonize the Other. And the peculiarly American strain of this is perhaps best exemplified by its recent illogical and unprincipled anti-immigration fervor. So why read Tell Me How it Ends? Let me quote its author: ‘Because being aware of what is happening in our era and choosing to do nothing about it has become unacceptable. Because we cannot allow ourselves to go on normalizing horror and violence. Because we can all be held accountable if something happens under our noses and we don’t dare even look.’”
About Sergio De La Pava
Sergio De La Pava is a public defender in New York City and the author of the novels A Naked Singularity, Personae, and Lost Empress.
About Valeria Luiselli
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa, and India. She is the author of the award-winning novels The Story of My Teeth and Faces in the Crowd, the essay collection Sidewalks, and Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2017—all published by Coffee House Press. Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Granta, Harper’s, and McSweeney’s. She is at work on her second novel, Lost Children Archive (forthcoming from Knopf, 2019).
About Cristina Mari Arreola
Cristina Mari Arreola is the senior books editor at Bustle and a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.