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Brown Book Club: “The Party”

December 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Silver Spring
Debby Cooney

thepartyThe Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, December 9 to discuss The Party by Elizabeth Day (fiction, 304 pp,  2017). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion.  Please RSVP by Friday, December 7 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

Elizabeth Day’s sly fourth novel is an enticing mix of social climbing, barely hidden lust and possible crimes. The story rests on two central questions: Why is Martin Gilmour, a minor success as an art critic, being interrogated at a police station in the Cotswolds? What happened at the lavish 40th-birthday party of his aristocratic best friend, Ben Fitzmaurice, to make Martin squirm under the detectives’ glare? The novel’s underpinnings are much richer. Building on generations of fiction dissecting the British class system, Day carries that theme into the 21st century, adding the swift pace of a psychological thriller…’The Party’ knowingly nods toward ‘Brideshead Revisited’ and ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley.’” – New York Times


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