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In Jonathan Escoffery’s If I Survive You: Stories, Topper, Sanya, and their two children flee to Miami in the 1970s to escape the political violence of their native Kingston, Jamaica. But America is hardly the promised land. The linked stories center on Trelawny, the couple’s youngest son, as he struggles to carve out a place for himself amid financial disaster, racism, and bad luck. In A.M. Homes’ The Unfolding: A Novel, the Big Guy loves his family, money, and country. Unhappy with the results of the 2008 presidential election, he and a group of like-minded friends want to reclaim their version of the American dream – and that’s when he, his wife, and their questioning 18-year-old daughter find what happens when people living together under one roof have different definitions of truth, freedom, and democracy. Moderating is author and journalist Yvonne Conza.