Romance 57 Book Club - "The Bride Test" by Helen Hoang

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Can't get enough of romance novels? Love discussing what makes them special––and sexy? Check out Romance 57 book club, where passionate readers discuss passionate books. Every other month we read, meet, and chat about a selected book, enjoying wine and snacks in the process. Join us for fun and insightful exploration of this popular but often overlooked genre and its array of talented writers.

“With The Bride Test, Hoang has once again shown readers the importance of representation in literature, while also creating a sexy, compassionate story about the power of love and the enduring American Dream.”The Washington Post

“With serious moments offset by spot-on humor, this romance has broad appeal, and it will find a special place in the hearts of autistic people and those who love them.”—Publishers Weekly

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About the book: Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And accept that there’s more than one way to love.

About the author: Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. She currently lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637