We hope 1C1S will inspire readers to participate with us again this year!
Discussions are scheduled at the following libraries:
BPL-West Roxbury Friday, September 25, 2015 at 11am
BPL-Honan-Allston Monday, October 5, 2015 and Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:30am
BPL-Charlestown Monday, October 19, 2015 at 3pm
Boston Ethical Community Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 10:30am (Meeting room at Longy School of Music, Room N-1, 33 Garden Street, Cambridge)
Holliston Public Library Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11am
BPL-South Boston Monday, November 2, 2015 at 6pm
BPL-Brighton Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11:15am
Please check back in for updates regarding discussions in the greater Boston community.
1./ The story begins, “It was winter. It was night” (p. 1). How do the season and the time of day influence our first impressions of the story? How does the style of these two opening sentences—simple, matter-of-fact, even clinical—affect our expectations for the rest of the story?
2./ What do you think “home” means to Linda? To Eduardo? To their children, Karla, Eric, Lucy? (Consider p. 1, 3, 6, 10-11).
3./ Do you think that Linda and Eduardo, and Karla, Eric, and Lucy, feel connected to their Guatemalan culture? Where in the story do we see the most mentions of Guatemala?
4./ There are a lot of American products named throughout the story. Why do you think the author includes them?
5./ Do you think Eduardo’s plan to leave is spontaneous? Consider: “If Linda knew he was preparing to leave, she’d find a way to disrupt his plan, convince him to stay—again” (p. 8).
6./ Who do you think Richard is? (p. 14) Consider the name’s European origin. How do names serve as an indicator of culture in this story?
7./ Where do you see pieces of Eduardo’s guilt, if at all?
8./ Why do you think Eduardo leaves? Where do we see glimpses of his dissatisfaction in the text? Where do we see Linda’s?
9./ Why do you think Eduardo leaves his wife and children behind? Why does he not try to convince Linda to move back to Guatemala with him?
10./ In the final paragraph, we see a variety of objects traditionally associated with comfort: soft slippers, a puffy cloud, the heat and white noise of the radiator. Do you think these things offer Linda comfort after Eduardo’s departure?
11./ How do you imagine the next morning transpires when Linda wakes up? How do you think their father’s departure will affect Karla, Eric, and Lucy? Can you imagine how Linda and her children’s story might continue one year into the future? Five years? Ten?
Write a short story (500-700 words) describing what “home” means to you.
Please submit your stories to email@example.com. We will accept submissions up until October 24th, the day of the festival. The winning story will receive a bag of BBF 2015 memorabilia, including a copy of “Home Movie” signed by the author, Jennifer De Leon.
Access Latino immigrant community resources, learn more about the Latino immigrant experience, and explore local responses to growing Latino immigrant populations:
Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians
El Mundo Boston
La Alianza Hispana
Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee
The Welcome Project, a Somerville-based organization
Boston Globe article on the impact of growing Latino populations in Massachusetts
A report on Guatemalan, Salvadoran, Hounduran, and Columbian immigrants to the Boston area conducted by UMass Public Policy professors and Ph.D. candidates in conjunction with Centro Presente
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