Sister Diaspora x Bright Lines Book Reading by Author: Tanwi Nandini Islam

June 27, 2016

I became a part of this book club about a month ago or so. It's called Sister Diaspora for Liberation or SDL for short. They describe the bookclub to be "a collective of women activists of the global diaspora that have shared experiences and struggles... our mission is to unite and grow with our sisters for complete liberation, be it spiritual, historical, structural, cultural, physical and/or political." This is the first time I'm in a bookclub, and I'm glad I was able to join SDL, because they are smart, inspiring, and rebellious women that embrace other women equally. Today, I attended my first bookclub meeting, which was also broadcasted live on Facebook for others to watch and comment. The bookclub meeting was held at Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe, & Activist Center. This bookclub meeting was special, because the Author-Tanwi Nandini Islam, was in attendance with the bookclub reading an excerpt, and answering questions about Bright Lines. 

Tanwi Nandini Islam was Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel prize, Finalist for the Edmund White LGBTQ Debut Fiction Award, and First Novel in First Lady of NYC Charlene McCray's Gracie Book Club.

Bright Lines is such a vivid portrayal of the coming of age story. It perfectly depicts the inner turmoil and the revelations a person must take in order to become who they really are inside. All her characters are written so realistic, but my favorite character was Ella/El herself. I loved the way Tanwi's pictorial of her coming to himself is magically portrayed, and the combination of the reader being able to be transported into the beautifully described hallucinations.

Don't just take my word for it, but go ahead and read this book and/or recommend to your known bookclubs. Here! If you want to know about SDL as well, visit their website or Instagram page!




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