How Not To Drown in a Glass of Water

Sojourn Book Discussion: How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Main Library 2nd Floor
Read and discuss bestselling author Angie Cruz's newest novel before she appears at Literary Sojourn this fall.

About the book

Write this down: Cara Romero wants to work.

Cara Romero thought she would work at the factory of little lamps for the rest of her life. But when, in her mid-50s, she loses her job in the Great Recession, she is forced back into the job market for the first time in decades. Set up with a job counselor, Cara instead begins to narrate the story of her life. Over the course of twelve sessions, Cara recounts her tempestuous love affairs, her alternately biting and loving relationships with her neighbor Lulu and her sister Angela, her struggles with debt, gentrification and loss, and, eventually, what really happened between her and her estranged son, Fernando. As Cara confronts her darkest secrets and regrets, we see a woman buffeted by life but still full of fight.

Structurally inventive and emotionally kaleidoscopic, How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water is Angie Cruz’s most ambitious and moving novel yet, and Cara is a heroine for the ages.

“Will have you LAUGHING line after line...Cruz AIMS FOR THE HEART, and fires.”
Los Angeles Times

About the Literary Sojourn Author Study

The Literary Sojourn Author Study is a book discussion series designed to enhance the experience of reading our festival authors. Choose to join in for one or all the conversations as participants read and gather to talk about works from each of the featured writers. Bud Werner Library provides book copies on loan for each group discussion. All of the discussion titles are also available in audio and e-book formats. Open to anyone interested in participating, discussions are designed to be inclusive, supportive and meet the needs and interests of the group. We will gather in the upstairs magazine reading area of the Bud Werner Library, with comfortable seating overlooking the Yampa River. Sign up at the registration button at the top of this page and you will receive additional information about how to secure a library loan of the book in the reading or listening format of your choice.

Learn more about the library's Literary Sojourn festival of authors on Sept. 9, 2023 in Steamboat Springs.