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SFU Reads is a virtual book club created to connect SFU alumni with a reading community that fosters lifelong learning as we read and discuss a wide range of books, with a focus on personal and professional development, SFU authors, non-fiction and more. Check out our current book below!
About the book club:
There is no cost to join. Just pick up the book at your local library, download a digital copy or purchase a print version. All you need is the book and some reading time to join. The discussions in our online forum are available 24/7 – regardless of where you currently reside.
THIS IS HOW WE LOVE BY LISA MOORE
READING PERIOD: May 26 - July 28
About the book: Written by celebrated Canadian author Lisa Moore, This is How We Love is an exhilarating new novel that asks: What makes a family? How does it shape us? And can we ever really choose who we love?
As the snowstorm of the century rages, twenty-one-year-old Xavier is beaten and stabbed in a vicious attack. His mother, Jules, must fight her way through the shuttered streets of St. John’s to reach the hospital where Xavier lies unconscious. When a video of the attack surfaces, Jules struggles to make sense of what she sees in the footage — and of what she can’t quite make out.
While Xavier’s story unfolds, so, too, do the stories that brought him there. Here, across families and generations, are stories of mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers; of children cared for, neglected, lost, and re-found; of selfless generosity and reluctant debt. Above all, Moore, in the inimitable largesse of her art, paints a shimmering portrait of the sacrifice, pain, and wild joy of loving.
Suggested reading schedule
- On May 26th, reply to our Before the Book question and start reading
- By June 9th, finish reading through Chapter 10, “Jules: Attention”
- By June 16th, finish reading through Chapter 18, “Mary: The File”
- By June 23rd, finish reading through Chapter 30, “Xavier: The Bird”
- By July 7th, finish reading through Chapter 45, “Jules: Fairy”
- By July 14th, finish reading the book and visit After the Book in our forum
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SFU book club bursary
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