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November 2019

The Incendiaries

Author: R. O. Kwon

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MEETING TIMES:

Thursday 7th November 2019, 7pm MEETING CANCELLED

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 7pm FULLY BOOKED 

Thursday 14th November 2019. 7pm BOOKINGS OPEN - PLACES FILLING FAST - BOOK NOW

Tuesday 19th November 2019, 7pm FULLY BOOKED 

Wednesday 20th November 2019, NEW MEETING ADDED - PLACES FILLING FAST - BOOK NOW

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NOTES: A powerful, darkly glittering novel of violence, love, faith, and loss, as a young woman at an elite American university is drawn into a cult’s acts of terrorism.

Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet in their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone she blames herself for her mother’s recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe. 

Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is drawn into a secretive cult founded by a charismatic former student with an enigmatic past. When the group commits a violent act in the name of faith, Will finds himself struggling to confront a new version of the fanaticism he’s worked so hard to escape. Haunting and intense, The Incendiaries is a fractured love story that explores what can befall those who lose what they love most.

“Religion, politics, and love collide in this slim but powerful novel reminiscent of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, with menace and mystery lurking in every corner.” —People Magazine

“The most buzzed-about debut of the summer, as it should be…unusual and enticing … The Incendiaries arrives at precisely the right moment.” —The Washington Post

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

February 2020

The Most Fun We Ever Had

Author: Claire Lombardo

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MEETING TIMES:

Tuesday 11th February 2020, 7pm BOOKINGS OPEN JANUARY 2020

Wednesday 12th February 2020, 7pm BOOKINGS OPEN JANUARY 2020

Thursday 13th February 2020, 7pm BOOKINGS OPEN JANUARY 2020

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 7pm BOOKINGS OPEN JANUARY 2020

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NOTES:A dazzling, multigenerational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple--still madly in love after forty years--recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they've built. 

When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that's to come. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator-turned-stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt when the darkest part of her past resurfaces; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects. Above it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents'.

"Everything about this brilliant debut cuts deep: the humor, the wisdom, the pathos. Claire Lombardo writes like she's been doing it for a hundred years, and like she's been alive for a thousand." --Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

March 2020

Damascus

Author: Christos Tsiolkas

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MEETING TIMES:

Wednesday 11th March 2020, 7pm BOOKINGS OPEN FEBRUARY 2020

Thursday 12th March 2020, 7pm BOOKINGS OPEN FEBRUARY 2020

Tuesday 17th March 2020, 7pm BOOKINGS OPEN FEBRUARY 2020

Wednesday 18th March 2020, 7pm BOOKINGS OPEN FEBRUARY 2020

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NOTES:Christos Tsiolkas' stunning new novel Damascus is a work of soaring ambition and achievement, of immense power and epic scope, taking as its subject nothing less than events surrounding the birth and establishment of the Christian church. Based around the gospels and letters of St Paul, and focusing on characters one and two generations on from the death of Christ, as well as Paul (Saul) himself, Damascus nevertheless explores the themes that have always obsessed Tsiolkas as a writer: class, religion, masculinity, patriarchy, colonisation, exile; the ways in which nations, societies, communities, families and individuals are united and divided - it's all here, the contemporary and urgent questions, perennial concerns made vivid and visceral.

In Damascus, Tsiolkas has written a masterpiece of imagination and transformation: an historical novel of immense power and an unflinching dissection of doubt and faith, tyranny and revolution, and cruelty and sacrifice.