Book Club, Fiction
March - August, 2015
March 18 & 19
The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg. "A sweeping, multi-generational story about twin sisters, one of whom disappears without a trace in 1939, set in the historically Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights, California, and modern-day Los Angeles."
April 15 & 16
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. “'They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much.' The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, a sky blue Plymouth with chrome tail-fins is stranded on the highway amid a Marxist workers' demonstration. Inside the car sit two-egg twins Rahel and Esthappen, and so begins their tale."
May 20 & 21
The World to Come by Dara Horn. “A million-dollar Chagall is stolen from a museum during a singles' cocktail hour. The unlikely thief, former child prodigy Benjamin Ziskind, is convinced that the painting once hung in his parents' living room. This work of art opens a door through which we discover his family's startling history--from an orphanage in Soviet Russia where Chagall taught to suburban New Jersey and the jungles of Vietnam. As Benjamin and his twin sister try to evade the police, they find themselves recalling their dead parents and their stories about trust, loss, and betrayal."
June 17 & 18
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. “When Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny. All children mythologize their birth...So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's collection of stories, which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the delight and enchantment of the twelve that do exist.The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself -- all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fortune but have kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. She summons biographer Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth, hidden by those who loved her most, remains an ever-present pain. Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter's story and her own, Margaret takes on the commission. As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good, Margaret is mesmerized. It is a tale of Gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida's storytelling but remains suspicious of the author's sincerity. She demands the truth from Vida, and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.”
July 15 & 16
A Spanish Lover by Joanna Trollope. "Connected solely by a desk of enormous dimension and many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or give it away, three people --struggle to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss.”
August 19 & 20
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon. "Miles Cheshire is driving from Cleveland to Alaska in search of his disturbed twin brother, Hayden, another leg of a crusade that has consumed him for more than a decade. Ryan Schuyler is 19 when he discovers that he is adopted and his real father, a con man who deals in fraud and identity theft, now wants Ryan to live with him. Orphaned Lucy Lattimore leaves town with her former high school history teacher when his dreams of riches and travel fill the hole in her life. This chillingly harsh work by Chaon will make you question your own identity and sense of time."
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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