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 Novel T’s shared an evening of Indian food in conjunction with a book discussion of The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri this past month. This book touched upon the Naxalite movement, family ties, and the consequences of life decisions made by the book’s characters. “The Lowland” is based on a short story called Brotherly Love. This story was published in the New Yorker magazine summer fiction issue in 2013.
Our February 25 discussion will feature What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarity. What if you couldn't remember the last 10 years of your life? Pregnancies and births, marriages and deaths, friends and enemies? This is what happens to Alice, who after a fall, wakes up believing she is 29 years old, happily married, and due to have her first baby soon. The reality is that she is closer to 40, with 3 children and a failing marriage. So begins the story of Alice as she has finds out what has happened in the past 10 years of her life from those around her, and discovers that the Alice of 29 years had morphed into a very strong, capable mother, with opinions and actions that don't always endear her to loved ones. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.
In March, we will turn to a classic work of suspense—Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. Our April selection is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. The monthly discussion is held in the Library Storytime Room at 6:45, and refreshments will be served based on the theme of the book. All are welcome to join the Novel T’s!