The Idiot by Elif Batuman [MAY]
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Our May Bookclub pick is The Idiot by Elif Batuman in anticipation of her new work Either Or coming out at the end of May. This books sets a super romantic crush on simmer. It is in part about the unlikely and consuming crush that Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, develops on an older mathematics student from Hungary during her freshman year at Harvard. Email is new, and Selin intuits its power. “Each message contained the one that had come before, and so your own words came back to you — all the words you threw out, they came back,” Batuman writes. “It was like the story of your relations with others, the story of the intersection of your life with other lives, was constantly being recorded and updated and you could check it at any time."