Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Share Your Summer with the Novel T’s

The Novel T’s Book Club meets at the Monrovia Public Library every 4th Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. to discuss literary works selected by the members, with a representation of both fiction and non-fiction.  The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates was the topic of our June book discussion.  Social injustice, the status of women, slavery and the morality of the early part of the twentieth century were intertwined with the curse that was cast on the residents of Princeton, New Jersey. Joyce Carol Oates captured the social, political and historical atmosphere of turn of the century Princeton, with a gothic twist thrown in. Many in the group appreciated the depths of Ms. Oates’ writing, as well as the amount of historical research that went into writing The Accursed.

Upcoming selections for discussion:
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout on July 23
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini on August 27
Little Big Man by Thomas Berger on September 24
Our July selection, The Burgess Boy s,is a tale of two brothers haunted by their past. When a freak accident kills their father, the brothers escape from their Maine town to New York City. When summoned back home by their sister, the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever. The Burgess Boys has appeared on many best book lists for 2013, and promises to create a thought provoking discussion.  The book talk begins at 6:45 p.m. in the Library Community Room, and light refreshments will be served.

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