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Nov
11
Sun
Brown Book Club: “Exit West: A Novel”
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, November 11 to discuss Exit West: A Novel by Moshin Hamid (fiction, 240 pp,  2017) – one of the New York Times’ best novels of 2017 and a Booker Prize finalist. We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion.  Please RSVP by Friday, November 9 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

“In spare prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy. He shows just how swiftly ordinary life — with all its banal rituals and routines — can morph into the defensive crouch of life in a war zone. … [and] how insidiously violence alters the calculus of daily life. … By mixing the real and the surreal, and using old fairy-tale magic, the author has created a fictional universe that captures the global perils percolating beneath today’s headlines.” – New York Times

“No novel is really about the cliche called ‘the human condition,’ but good novels expose and interpret the particular condition of the humans in their charge, and this is what Hamid has achieved here. If in its physical and perilous immediacy Nadia and Saeed’s condition is alien to the mass of us, Exit West makes a final, certain declaration of affinity: ‘We are all migrants through time.'” – Washington Post

Dec
9
Sun
Brown Book Club: “The Party”
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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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