The Novel T’s Book Club meets at the Monrovia Library Community Room 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 discussed the Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca in March. This timeless work of gothic fiction was named one of the best works of the last century, and continues to be popular.
Our April 22 discussion features Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. This book binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge. At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world. The lives lived there are filled with all the grand human drama – desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love. At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her. The changes of a lounge musician haunted by a past romance, a former student who has lost the will to live, Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities, and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life – sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty.
Looking ahead, the May discussion title is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Refreshments will be served based on the theme of the book. All are welcome to join the Novel T’s!