Contemporary Fiction by Award Winning Authors
Book Discussion Series #31, SPRING 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-941-7072.|
BOOKLIST OF PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED TITLES
Wednesday, March 22, 2016, 7:30 - 9:00 pm|
The Vegetarian by Kang Han (Winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize) --
Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams--invasive images of blood and brutality--torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It's a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that's become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself.
Wednesday, April 26, 2016, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Judas by Amos Oz (winner of Germany's International Literature Prize) --
Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abarbanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets.
Wednesday, May 17, 2016, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Outline by Rachel Cusk (shortlisted for Governor General's Literary Award) --
Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss. Outline takes a hard look at the things that are hardest to speak about. It brilliantly captures conversations, investigates people's motivations for storytelling, and questions their ability to ever do so honestly or unselfishly. In doing so it bares the deepest impulses behind the craft of fiction writing.
[Except where noted, all summaries excerpted from the Westchester Library System catalog descriptions.]