The King of Karaoke by Bob Sylva
First Prize, Mainstream/Literary Fiction, 2019 North Street Book Prize
In his short story collection The King of Karaoke, Bob Sylva, a retired newspaper columnist for The Sacramento Bee, depicts the diversity and resilience of immigrant life in his native city. Sadness and struggle lend these tales a realistic flavor, but they end on a note of optimism about human connection, a pleasant change from the fashionable bleakness of much literary fiction.
This well-written, heartwarming story collection would make a great book-club selection or "One City One Book" reading assignment.
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