Contemporary Fiction by Award Winning Authors
Book Discussion Series #35, FALL 2018
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BOOKLIST OF PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED TITLES
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm|
Autumn by Ali Smith (2017 Man Booker Prize Finalist) --
Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That's what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever...Here's where we're living. Here's time at its most contemporaneous and its most cyclic. From the imagination of the peerless Ali Smith comes a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, a story about aging and time and love and stories themselves.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Winner of the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction) --
Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men. ...With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan's first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Winner 2017 National Book Award for Fiction) --
Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. ...His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister's lives...When the children's father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary... An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power--and limitations--of family bonds.
[Except where noted, all summaries excerpted from the Westchester Library System catalog descriptions.]