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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday, February 19, 2022

11:30 a.m.

Lutheran Church of the Ascension Fellowship Hall

120 Bull Street (downstairs)

Neel Patel

BOOK INFO:

Renu Amin always seemed perfect: doting husband, beautiful house, healthy sons. But as the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death approaches, Renu is binge-watching soap operas and simmering with old resentments. She can’t stop wondering if, thirty-five years ago, she chose the wrong life. In Los Angeles, her son, Akash, has everything he ever wanted, but as he tries to kickstart his songwriting career and commit to his boyfriend, he is haunted by the painful memories he fled a decade ago. When his mother tells him she is selling the family home, Akash returns to Illinois, hoping to finally say goodbye and move on.

By turns irreverent and tender, filled with the beats of ’90s R&B, Tell Me How to Be is about our earliest betrayals and the cost of reconciliation. But most of all, it is the love story of a mother and son each trying to figure out how to be in the world.

BIO:

Neel Patel is a first-generation Indian American who grew up in Champaign, Illinois. He is the author of the story collection, If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi, and his fiction has appeared in The Southampton Review, Indiana Review, The American Literary Review, Hyphen Magazine, and on Buzzfeed and Nerve.com, and he has been long-listed for the Story Prize and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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