13th Annual Community Reads with Emiko Jean

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Novi Public Library
Meeting Room Whole

Event Details

The Neighborhood Library Association (NLA) invites you to the 13th Annual Community Reads event! Join us for a presentation and book discussion with New York Times bestselling young adult novel author, Emiko Jean, on her 2022 novel, Mika in Real Life! Copies of the book are available at each library in the NLA (see below). 

Mika Suzuki’s life is a mess. Fired from a dead-end job, she shares a home with her best friend, who just might be a hoarder if all the unopened deliveries are a sign. Her last relationship—to a burnout named Leif —ended in flames. And she’s a perpetual disappointment to her traditional Japanese parents, especially to her mother, who keeps presenting her with dating prospects found in church.

Then she receives the surprise of her life—a phone call from Penny, the baby she placed for adoption sixteen years ago. Now a headstrong teenager, Penny is eager to learn all about Mika, who she is and what her dreams are. The harder-won heart belongs to Thomas Calvin, Penny’s adoptive widower father. What starts as a rocky relationship with him slowly blossoms into friendship and, just maybe, something more.

Faced with her own insecurities, Mika at first embellishes the facts about her life. But Penny’s love revives so many of the dreams she once had, especially those about being an artist and making a difference in the world... ultimately forcing her to answer the question, Just who is Mika in real life?

Click here to view upcoming programs leading up to the Community Reads event! 

This program is brought to you by the NLA which includes Commerce Township Community Library, Lyon Township Public Library, Northville District Library, Novi Public Library, Salem South Lyon District Library, Walled Lake City Library and Wixom Public Library. Thank you to Hyatt Suburban Showplace for your support.

Event Type(s): Adult Programs, Tween/Teen Programs
Age Group(s): Adult, Teen
(248) 869-7214

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