Book Club – 2017-18 Schedule

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal, translated from French by Jessica Moore.
The Heart is another translation, by Sam Taylor.
The novel spans the 24 hours surrounding a heart transplant from a young man to a dying woman. “I’ve seldom read a more moving book.” – review in The Guardian.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – 7:30 to 9:00 pm
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
In this Man Booker Prize winner, an English butler reflects on his assiduous life. The exquisite film adaptation starred Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – 7:30 to 9:00 pm
The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay, translated from French by Sheila Fischman
From the bestselling Quebec author, a novel set in an undisclosed war-torn country, showing the awful impact of war on families and the difficulty of distinguishing between victims and villains.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 7:30 to 9:00 pm
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
“[A]n extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century” by the author of Eat, Pray, Love – author’s website.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – 7:30 to 9:00 pm
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and other awards, this is a Vietnam War epic with an Americanized Vietnamese protagonist of divided heart and mind.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
From the highly respected American writer, the story of two sisters raised by a succession of relatives in a remote town. Hailed by Guardian Unlimited as one of the best 100 novels ever.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, tr. Philip Gabriel
“[A] book for both the new and experienced reader” by the superstar Japanese writer. – NYT.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – 7:30 to 9:00 pm
The Door by Magda Szabo translated from Hungarian by Len Rix
A brilliant story about the relationship between two women in mid-20th century Budapest.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – 7:30 to 9:00 pm
The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
A novel based on Russian composer Shostakovich’s fraught relationship with the Soviet regime.

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