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New Episode of Your Favorite Book with Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

New Episode of Your Favorite Book with Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

Welcome to another installment of a collaboration between the Chicago Review of Books and the Your Favorite Book podcast. Malavika Praseed, frequent CHIRB contributor and podcast host, seeks to talk to readers and writers about the books that light a fire inside them. What’s your favorite book and why?

This week’s guest is Nicola DeRobertis-Theye, author of The Vietri Project. This novel combines millennial disillusionment, historical and present-day Rome, the resurfacing of childhood trauma, and a healthy dose of intrigue. Gabriele, a 25 year old woman struggling with purpose after graduating from college, travels to Rome in search of Vietri, a former client of hers at the bookstore where she worked. Gabriele knows nothing of Vietri other than his taste in dense academic books, and her quest brings her not only knowledge of Italy’s sordid colonial past, but also brings her face to face with family she left behind, as well as her own sense of self. This is an introspective novel with a strong sense of setting and nuanced characterization. If you’ve been yearning to travel, this might be the book for you.

Nicola reflects on an all-time favorite book, Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin. This dense, ambitious project, somewhat overshadowed by Atwood’s speculative fiction, is a blending of genre and narrative style in its own right. Comprised of newspaper clippings, character recollections, and a novel within a novel, readers piece together the disintegration of a family and the legacy its members have left behind. DeRobertis-Theye shares her story of reading The Blind Assassin as a teen, finding new insight in the book as an adult, the other writers that have influenced her prose style, and so much more.

All episodes of Your Favorite Book are spoiler-free, and we invite fans of Margaret Atwood and new readers alike to listen and engage in this discussion.

See Also

Listen to this episode of Your Favorite Book at the link below, and stay tuned for more episodes with other writers in the weeks to come. If you enjoy this episode, check out other episodes of Your Favorite Book on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or other major podcast platforms.

Kid Lit! Sugar in Milk with Brinda Shah Your Favorite Book

Our first, but hopefully not our last, foray into the wonderful world of picture books. My guest Brinda Shah is a pharmacist, aspiring picture book writer, and creator of #PictureTheWordsWithB on instagram. She dives deep into the world of South Asian picture books, fully embracing them as pieces of art for children and adults alike. This book, SUGAR IN MILK by Thrity Umrigar and Khoa Le, is the definition of art. Beautifully crafted and surprisingly tender, the book follows a young girl as she attempts to adjust to a country that is now her home. Her aunt tells her a story of Persian migrants arriving in India, and the struggle for them to be accepted in a new land. The illustrations are lovely, the message all too relevant, and there are so many wonderful subtleties that were lost on me during my first read. Brinda and I dive into this book and the world of kid lit in general, talking about what makes a great picture book, the importance of diverse storytelling in the kid lit space, how to read to a child, and my husband's experiences in the world of kid lit (he's even got a youtube channel!) Buy the Book: Follow Brinda on instagram @brindas.bookshelf Follow the podcast on instagram and twitter @yfbpodcast New episodes of Your Favorite Book every Thursday! Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts, it seriously helps. 🙂
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