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.
Little Big Man by Thomas Berger was our featured book in September. The narrator, Jack Crabb tells an unsentimental story of his life as a white man, living in the world of the white man and the Cheyenne Indian over the course of his 111 years. This book is peppered with humor, and told without bias or judgment. For those who enjoyed the book, Return of Little Big Man has been recently released.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver is our October 22 selection. Set in rural Appalachia, this is the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a young woman who nurtured worldly ambitions before becoming pregnant and marrying at seventeen. After more than a decade of tending to small children on a failing farm, oppressed by poverty, isolation and her husband's antagonistic family, she has mitigated her boredom by surrendering to an obsessive flirtation with a handsome younger man. Dellarobia is headed for a secluded mountain cabin to meet this man and initiate what she expects will be a self-destructive affair. But the tryst never happens. Instead, she walks into something on the mountainside she cannot explain or understand: a forested valley filled with a lake of silent red fire that appears to her a miracle. In reality, the forest is ablaze with millions of butterflies. Their usual migratory route has been disrupted, and what looks to be a stunningly beautiful view is really an ominous sign, for the Appalachian winter could prove to be the demise of the species. Her discovery of this phenomenon ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever. After years lived entirely in the confines of one small house, Dellarobia finds her path suddenly opening out into blunt and confrontational engagement with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large. Named one of the best books of 2012, Flight Behavior touches upon many issues that are relevant to us in the present day.
For selections for upcoming months, please visit the Adult Reference desk. All are welcome to join the Novel T’s in the Library Community Room. The book talk begins at 6:45, with light refreshments served, based on the theme of book we are discussing.