Your Abilene Public Library is joining over 16,000 public libraries and colleges, along with tens of thousands of readers across the U.S., in offering the latest award-winning Together We Read digital book club selection. From February 7 to 21, our library cardholders can enjoy Kirstin Valdez Quade’s 2021 First Novel Prize-winning book, The Five Wounds, as an eBook and audiobook. This title will be offered for free and can be accessed without any waitlists or holds by making sure you download and use the Libby app or read online on our OverDrive site.
The Together We Read digital book club connects readers through thousands of U.S. public libraries with the same eBook for two weeks. If you wish to participate, all you need is a valid Abilene Public Library card to get started. This free program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for eBooks and audiobooks.
The Five Wounds takes place during Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and 33-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his 15-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans for personal redemption. With weeks to go until her due date, tough, ebullient Angel has fled her mother’s house, setting her life on a startling new path. This book spans the baby’s first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge: Amadeo’s mother, Yolanda, reeling from a recent discovery; Angel’s mother, Marissa, whom Angel isn’t speaking to; and disapproving Tive, Yolanda’s uncle and keeper of the family’s history.
The Five Wounds is published as an eBook by W.W. Norton & Company and as an audiobook by HighBridge Audio. The digital book can be borrowed from participating U.S. libraries and colleges during Together We Read between February 7-21.
Download the Libby app to get started on Monday, February 7 and see what you think about the selection for this cycle. While you’re there, discover all the other great reads we have to offer through this digital platform. Checkout up to 10 titles at a time for up to 2-weeks and do so without having to leave the comfort of your home.