Book Club, Fiction
Weddings and Divorces
September, 2013 - February, 2014
September 18 & 19
The Wedding by Dorothy West. "Set on Martha's Vineyard during the 1950s and focuses on the black bourgeois community known as the Oval. Dr. Clark Coles and his wife, Corinne, highly respected Ovalites, are preparing for the wedding of their youngest daughter, Shelby, who, much to their consternation, is marrying a white jazz musician."
October 16 & 17
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton. “Wharton's powerful saga is about the beautiful, ruthless Undine Spragg, a woman of extraordinary ambition and exuberant vitality. Marriage remains the one institution through which Undine can exercise her will as she entrances man after man, marrying one after the other with protean facility and almost monstrous avidity."
November 20 & 21
A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve. “Recrimination and regret underlie an emotional reunion of seven former classmates from the Kidd Academy, an elite prep school, who gather at an inn in the Berkshire Mountains for a wedding. Shreve seamlessly moves her story between the horrific events of Halifax Harbor and the nearly as horrific reunion, underscoring the fleeting nature of happiness and the painful trade-offs it often requires.."
December 18 & 19,
Larry's Party by Carol Shields. “Larry Weller, born in 1950, is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator's perception, irony, and tenderness. We follow this young floral designer through two marriages and divorces, and his interactions with his parents, friends, and a son. Throughout, we witness his deepening passion for garden mazes--so like life, with their teasing treachery and promise of reward. ”
January 15 & 16
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon. "George Hall is an unobtrusive man. His tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting re-married, to the deeply inappropriate Ray. Her family is not pleased. Katie can't decide if she loves Ray, or loves the wonderful way he has with her son Jacob, and her mother Jean is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband's ex-colleagues.”
February 19 & 20
The Sportswriter by Richard Ford. "As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people--men, mostly--who live entirely within themselves. This is a condition that Frank himself aspires to. But at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess, occasional pounding of the heart, and the not-too-distant losses of a career, a son, and a marriage. In the course of the Easter week in which Ford's moving novel transpires, Bascombe will end up losing the remnants of his familiar life, though with his spirits soaring.."
When: The third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and the following Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Where:Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main St, Falmouth. RSVP 508-457-2555 ext. 6
Goal: To leave the discussion feeling that you understand the book better than when you arrived.
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