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Contemporary Fiction by Award Winning Authors
Book Discussion Series #33, SPRING 2018



Library copies of the titles will be available to borrow or you may purchase your own copies. To register or to ask questions, please contact: Shelley Glick, Library Director, at sglick@wlsmail.org or 914-941-7072.


BOOKLIST OF PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED TITLES


Wednesday,March 21, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien (Recipient of the James Joyce Ulysses Medal) -- One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Broodingly handsome, worldly, and charismatic, Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, a self-proclaimed holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village life. Before long, the beautiful black-haired Fidelma McBride falls under his spell and, defying the shackles of wedlock and convention, turns to him to cure her of her deepest pains.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize) -- My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Moonglow by Michael Chabon (Pulitzer Prize, Hugo and Nebula-award winning author) -- Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather." It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact and the creative power of keeping secrets and telling lies.








[Except where noted, all summaries excerpted from the Westchester Library System catalog descriptions.]








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