The Give a Sh*t Book Club

Why "Give a Sh*t?" I started this online book club last year because I wanted to hold myself accountable for reading diversely and engaging with tough topics. I give a shit about what's going on in the world, so I read to educate and inform myself. I welcome you to join me!

Here’s how it works: Every month, I pick a book that in one way or another promotes diversity or has social or political relevance. Then the last Saturday of the month, I post my thoughts and reflections about the book, and anyone who so desires can jump in on the discussion too.

This month's book: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

From the publisher: "When Poornima first meets Savitha, she feels something she thought she lost for good when her mother died: hope. Poornima's father hires Savitha to work one of their sari looms, and the two girls are quickly drawn to one another. Savitha is even more impoverished than Poornima, but she is full of passion and energy. She shows Poornima how to find beauty in a bolt of indigo cloth, a bowl of yogurt rice and bananas, the warmth of friendship. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to lock down for her. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend again. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls’ perspectives as they face relentless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within them. In breathtaking prose, Shobha Rao tackles the most urgent issues facing women today: domestic abuse, human trafficking, immigration, and feminism. At once a propulsive page-turner and a heart-wrenching meditation on friendship, Rao's debut novel is a literary tour de force."

Want to participate? Get your hands on a copy of the book, read it, and meet back here on Saturday, May 26th for a virtual book club discussion. Already have plans that day? No problem, the comments will stay open for a couple weeks, so you can jump in whenever you have time.

See below our previous Give a Sh*t Book Club discussions.