The Novel T’s Book Club meets at the Monrovia Public Library every 4th Tuesday at 6:45 to discuss literary works selected by the members, with a representation of both fiction and non-fiction. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout was the topic of our July book discussion. The accidental death of the family patriarch and its effect on the lives of Burgess siblings is a predominant theme that runs through this book. Intertwined with this plot thread is the presence of a Somali immigrant community and their attempts to make a new life for themselves in a small town in Maine. The Burgess Boys was an insightful commentary on family dynamics, as well as a story of the immigrant experience and the family structure in various cultures.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini is our August 27th selection. Mr. Hosseini is the New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. His new novel is about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
The selection for September is Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. Books will be chosen by members for the subsequent months at the August meeting.