Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our most recent Big Library Read (BLR) program. If you missed the conversation with author Dan Flores about his book Wild New World, you can view it on demand here.

Believe it or not, our next Big Library Read is right around the corner!

From July 11 – July 25, the ebook and audiobook of Twilight Territory by Andrew X. Pham will be available to readers all over the world without waitlist or holds as part of our BLR program. Twilight Territory is a lush, panoramic novel of love, war, and resistance as it follows one woman’s struggle for independence and her country’s liberation.

Libraries looking to promote Twilight Territory can visit the BLR website to download our marketing materials.  Readers will be able to join the conversation online by using the hashtag #biglibraryread on social media for a chance to win our giveaway which includes a copy of the book, a Vietnamese coffee kit, tote bag and more! They will also be able to visit our discussion board, which is coming soon, to chat with other readers about the book.

Please see your Account Manager if you have any questions regarding this or any of our exciting reading programs.

About Twilight Territory

The peak of the hot season, 1942: The wars in Europe and Asia and the Japanese occupation have upset the uneasy balance of French Indochina. In the Vietnamese fishing village of Phan Thiet, Tuyet ekes out a living at a small storefront with her aunt Coi, her cousin Ha, and her two-year-old daughter, Anh. She can hardly remember her luxurious life in the city of Saigon, which she left just two years ago.

The day Tuyet meets Japanese major Yamazaki Takeshi is inauspicious and stifling, with no relief from the sand-stirring wind. But to her surprise, she feels not fear or wariness, but a strange kinship. Tuyet is guarded, knowing how the townspeople might whisper, yet is drawn to Takeshi’s warmth all the same. A wounded veteran with a good heart, Takeshi grows to resent the Empire for what it has taken—and the promises it has failed to keep. As the Viet Minh begin to battle the French and Takeshi risks his life for the Resistance, Tuyet and her family are drawn into the conflict, with devastating consequences.

A lushly panoramic novel, by turns gritty and profoundly moving, Twilight Territory is at once a war story and a love story that offers a fascinating perspective on Vietnam’s struggles to break free of its French colonial past. At its heart is one woman’s struggle for independence and her country’s liberation.

About the author: Jill Grunenwald is a former Professional Book Nerd and current Marketing & Communications Specialist on the North America Public Library Marketing Team. A former librarian, she joined OverDrive in 2015. Outside of the office she can be found writing, hanging out with her cats, collecting more Tarot decks than she has room for, and playing competitive pinball. Her favorite genre is something she calls “Murder at an educational institution that involves a close-knit group of suspicious characters.”