Book Group will meet on Friday, August 14, at noon, and Thursday, August 20, at 7:30 a.m., to discuss The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs. The book is a New York Times bestseller and was named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review.
Author Jeff Hobbs met Rob Peace when they were assigned to be roommates freshman year at Yale. The unlikely pair—Jeff a Yale legacy who had enjoyed a privileged upbringing and Rob the son of a cafeteria worker who had struggled to make ends meet and sacrificed to give her bright son the best opportunities possible—remained roommates all four years of college. However, in the years after graduation, the two lost touch with each other. Years later, when Jeff learned that Rob’s life had come to a violent end, he was unable to let go of this sudden tragedy and began writing about Rob’s life and talking with the people who knew him. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace paints a portrait of one individual’s life, but it is also about the persistent conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love.
In the video below, the author discusses Rob’s life and the book. A reading group guide for the book, including discussion questions and a conversation with the author, is available from Simon & Schuster.
Boston Children’s Hospital personnel are encouraged to join us in the AV Room in the Library on Friday, August 14, at noon, or Thursday, August 20, at 7:30 a.m., to participate in discussion about this book. If you would like to be added to our Book Group email distribution list, please contact Alison Clapp or Jessica LaBrie.