Each year, Illinois Wesleyan University engages in a Summer Reading Program for new students.  Students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustee members, Bloomington-Normal business and community leaders, and alumni read a selected book throughout the summer and gather during New Student Orientation for a discussion.  Throughout the year, additional learning opportunities about the topic are available to the campus community.

This year’s book is The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse. You will receive a copy of the book to read throughout the summer.  Please remember to bring the book with you in August.

The Madonnas of Echo Park is a novel about different people living and working in Los Angeles, California, who are linked by a tragedy in their community.  The characters struggle to react to the tragedy and hold on to their ethnic identity.

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