Join us for a discussion of a Guatemalan RPCV book, When I was Elena by Ellen Urbani Hiltebrand and Latin American food at Platano (easily accessible to Downtown Berkeley BART).
When I Was Elena is an extraordinary account of a young American woman's sojourn in the guerrilla-infested mountains of Guatemala. Shattering the concept of a typical memoir, the author's personal story is interlaced, chapter-for-chapter, with tales told from the perspectives of seven indigenous women she encountered during her journey. At once a coming-of-age adventure and a haunting history of the struggle to overcome oppression - both personal and cultural - this genre-breaching work heralds the arrival of a daring new talent in American literature.
Platano's always has good food and good service. Please RSVP to jayma at firstname.lastname@example.org.