The Vermont Reads choice for 2021 is We Contain Multitudes, a novel in letters. It tells the paired stories of two very different teenage boys who are initially reluctant to participate in a pen-pal assignment from their high school English teacher, but ultimately grow well beyond the boundaries of the school project to reveal earth-shattering revelations about themselves and their families.
The novel contains many strands relevant to current community conversations including economic disparities, how veterans return from war, domestic violence, opioid addiction, bullying, and coming out. But lest it sound too heavy, it is also a beautiful story of friendship, poetry, coming of age, and aspiring to move beyond social expectations.
Vermont Humanities’ initial partners in presenting this work to Vermont audiences will include Outright Vermont, Vermont’s only statewide organization serving LGBTQ+ youth, and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence’s Youth Advocacy Task Force.
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