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Contemporary Fiction by Award Winning Authors
Book Discussion Series #36, SPRING 2019



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, Reference Librarian, at sglick@wlsmail.org or 914-941-7072.


BOOKLIST OF PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED TITLES


Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (winner of Golden Man Booker Prize)

It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn't know or understand in that time, and it is this journey - through reality, recollection, and imagination - that is told in this magnificent novel. (Booker Prize)


Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Circe by Madeline Miller (Winner of the 2012 Orange Prize)

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves... With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world. (WLS Catalog)


Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Winner 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face. (WLS Catalog)












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