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Hispanic Heritage Month : September's All-Campus Read: Neruda on the Park

Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana: September 15-October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month Book Talk

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we'll be reading Neruda on the Park 

by Cleyvis Natera as our first all-campus read for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

*The library has a limited number of copies to borrow*

It is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle formats 


The book discussion will be led by BC3 Professor Joy Walsh

and will take place on Tuesday, September 27 in Heaton 232 or virtually 

(click here to register for the GoToMeeting if attending virtually)


Synopsis of Neruda on the Park

An exhilarating debut novel following members of a Dominican family in

New York City who take radically different paths when faced with encroaching gentrification.

The Guerreros have lived in Nothar Park, a predominantly Dominican part of New York City, for twenty years. When demolition begins on a neighboring tenement, Eusebia, an elder of the community, takes matters into her own hands by devising an increasingly dangerous series of schemes to stop construction of the luxury condos. Meanwhile, Eusebia’s daughter, Luz, a rising associate at a top Manhattan law firm who strives to live the bougie lifestyle her parents worked hard to give her, becomes distracted by a sweltering romance with the handsome white developer at the company her mother so vehemently opposes.

As Luz’s father, Vladimir, secretly designs their retirement home in the Dominican Republic, mother and daughter collide, ramping up tensions in Nothar Park, racing toward a near-fatal climax.

A beautifully layered portrait of family, friendship, and ambition, Neruda on the Park weaves a rich and vivid tapestry of community as well as the sacrifices we make to protect what we love most, announcing Cleyvis Natera as an electrifying new voice.