Nerdette Book Club: ‘Klara And The Sun’

A copy of Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Klara and the Sun’ set against Greta’s bookshelf. The cover is red, depicting a pale-skinned hand cutout holding a sun in its palm.
'Klara and the Sun' is Kazuo Ishiguro's eighth novel, with at least eight thousand different ways to read it. Photo: Greta Johnsen
A copy of Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Klara and the Sun’ set against Greta’s bookshelf. The cover is red, depicting a pale-skinned hand cutout holding a sun in its palm.
'Klara and the Sun' is Kazuo Ishiguro's eighth novel, with at least eight thousand different ways to read it. Photo: Greta Johnsen

Nerdette Book Club: ‘Klara And The Sun’

It’s our long-awaited episode on Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun! This is the Nobel prize-winner’s eighth novel — you might know him from reads like The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both of which have also been made into movies.

Following in the dystopian footsteps of Never Let Me Go, Klara and the Sun takes place in a near-future America where gene editing and solar-powered robot companions are the norm — if you’re rich enough. The book is told from the point of view of one of those companions, Klara, who is paired up with Josie, a girl battling a mysterious illness. It’s a lyrical rumination on what it means to be human, and whether that’s something we should even aspire to.

Unpacking Ishiguro’s latest with us are two phenomenal guests: author Veronica Roth, who wrote the Divergent trilogy and the novel Chosen Ones, and writer Anita Felicelli (Chimerica; Love Songs for a Lost Continent), who recently reviewed Klara and the Sun for the Los Angeles Review of Books. They bring their sci-fi chops and expertise in all things Ishiguro to this sometimes confounding, always entrancing read.