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The Austin American-Statesman Selects.....
BookPeople is proud to partner with the Austin American-Statesman for their monthly Statesman Selects program. Each month, BookPeople will highlight the Statesman’s top recommended read for Austin. December's pick is The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders. Saunders will join us for a very special storytime Sunday, December 6 at 2PM. Milk, juice and cookies will be served. Pick up a copy of the Statesman on Sunday, December 6 to read their review of the book!
The Very Persistant Gappers of Frip by George Saunders
In the seaside village of Frip live three families: the Romos, the Ronsens, and a little girl named Capable and her father. The economy of Frip is based solely on goat's milk, and this is a problem because the village is plagued by gappers: bright orange, many-eyed creatures the size of softballs that love to attach themselves to goats. When a gapper gets near a goat, it lets out a high-pitched shriek of joy that puts the goats off giving milk, which means that every few hours the children of Frip have to go outside, brush the gappers off their goats, and toss them into the sea. The gappers have always been everyone's problem, until one day they get a little smarter, and instead of spreading out, they gang up: on Capable's goats. Free at last of the tyranny of the gappers, will her neighbors rally to help her? Or will they turn their backs, forcing Capable to bear the misfortune alone?
Featuring fifty-two haunting and hilarious illustrations by Lane Smith and a brilliant story by George Saunders that explores universal themes of community and kindness, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is a rich and resonant story for those that have all and those that have not.
ABOUT GEORGE SAUNDERS
George Saunders is the author of four short story collections (including the recent New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist Tenth of December) and an essay collection The Braindead Megaphone. In 2006, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and was named a MacArthur Fellow. He teaches at Syracuse University.