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Chop Suey Books Book Club Meeting!

  • Babes of Carytown 3166 West Cary Street Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Join us for the third meeting of Chop Suey Books Book Club at Babes of Carytown (3166 West Cary Street)! We will meet regularly to discuss a book chosen by our booksellers. This month's book is Black Wave by Michelle Tea. Stop by the store to pick up your copy, mention the book club, and receive a 10% discount. We highly recommend reading the book before the meeting because there will be plot spoilers! 

Don't have time to read this month's pick? We'll be meeting in March. Stay tuned for our next pick!

About Black Wave: It's 1999 in San Francisco, and as shockwaves of gentrification sweep through Michelle's formerly scruffy neighborhood, money troubles, drug-fueled mishaps, and a string of disastrous affairs send her into a tailspin. Desperate to save herself, Michelle sets out to seek a fresh start in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, climate-related disruptions and a string of extinctions are the background noise of impending doom. One day, Michelle wakes up to an official announcement: the world will be ending in exactly one year. Daily life in Los Angeles quickly becomes intensely surreal.

Humans begin to collectively dream of the lives and loves they would have had, if not for the end of the world, and the lines between fantasy and reality become increasingly blurred. As the planet nears its expiration date, Michelle holes up in an abandoned bookstore and calmly begins to write—convinced she's finally stumbled upon the elusive "universal story"—a novel about a struggling writer facing the end of the world.

Funny, gritty, improbable, and endearing, Black Wave muses on the hallucinatory confusions of addiction, the hope and despair of a barely published writer, notions of destiny, and the porous boundaries between memoir and fiction.