Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.
The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing. Ms. Jacob's son Zakir stars as the host of a talk show (theme song: "He really doesn't read, but he loves those books!") whose job it is to ask his mom some cue-card questions about her novel ("You are a first-generation American--how does that inform your writing?"). Sure it's a shameless gimmick, but somehow it works. I'm definitely hooked into wanting to know more about The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing (as if I wasn't already there with that wonderful title). It's a 500-page saga about an Indian-American family's journey from 1970s India to suburban 1980s New Mexico to Seattle during the dot.com boom which has drawn comparisons to Meg Wolitzer, Mona Simpson, and--predictably--Jhumpa Lahiri. Gary Shteyngart calls it “Punchy, clever, and stuffed with delicious chapatis.” Zakir references this blurb in the trailer and it's nice to see that I'm not the only one who struggles to pronounce Shteyngart's name. To be honest, though, as cute as Zakir may be in the trailer, it's his mother who charms me the most. If her writing is as witty and wise as she is here on camera, then I'm ready to go dancing through these pages.