York County Public Library joins over 16,000 public libraries and colleges along with tens of thousands of readers across the United States in offering the latest award-winning Together We Read: US digital book club selection. From February 7 to 21, YCPL patrons can enjoy author Kirstin Valdez Quade’s 2021 First Novel Prize-winning book, The Five Wounds, as an ebook and audiobook. Readers can access the digital book for free with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby app or visiting our OverDrive Collection, and then participate in an online discussion.
The Together We Read: US digital book club connects readers through thousands of U.S. public libraries and colleges with the same ebook for two weeks. Readers need only a valid York County Library card to get started. This free program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the award-winning Libby app.
“I am so delighted that The Five Wounds has been selected for OverDrive’s Together We Read: US,” said Kirstin Valdez Quade. “I am an enthusiastic library member, so this honor makes me particularly happy. My greatest hope is that a reader will come to care for my characters and root for them, and perhaps even come to think of the Padillas as members of their own community.”
The Five Wounds takes place during Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-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 fifteen-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. The Five Wounds 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 Tíve, 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. The ebook and audiobook can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.
Download Libby or visit our OverDrive Collection to get started.
More information about Together We Read: US can be found here.