Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) today announced "The Far Away Brothers" by Lauren Markham has been selected for the 2019 One Book–One Lincoln community reading program. The book is about identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California and their fight to survive, stay, and belong. It is available from LCL in print, downloadable audio and eBook formats.
Markham's writing focuses on issues related to youth, migration, the environment, and her home state of California. "The Far Away Brothers" was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, was the winner of the Ridenhour Book Prize, was a Silver Winner of the California Book Award, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
The runners up for the 2019 program were "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai, and "There" by Tommy Orange. The book selection process began in January when a 15-member selection team of community readers narrowed a list of 112 nominated titles to three finalists. LCL will host the following programs based on the One-Book winner and runners up:
LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community-wide reading and discussion experience. For more information about One Book-One Lincoln, including previous winners, visit lincolnlibraries.org.