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Contemporary Fiction by Award Winning Authors
Book Discussion Series #32, FALL 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 sglick@wlsmail.org or 914-941-7072.


BOOKLIST OF PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED TITLES


Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

House of Names by Colm Tóibín (2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize) -- In House of Names, Colm Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic, and gives this extraordinary character new life, so that we not only believe Clytemnestra's thirst for revenge, but applaud it. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth's most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Longlisted for 2017 Man Booker Prize) -- In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city... Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

LaRose by Louise Erdrich (winner of 2017 Noational Book Circle Critics Award) -- In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich...wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture. North Dakota, late summer, 1999, Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence--but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger...Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America's most distinguished literary masters.








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








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