March Book Discussion

The Woman in The Fifth, by Douglas Kennedy

Harry Ricks is a man who has lost everything. A romantic mistake at the small American college where he used to teach has cost him his job, his marriage, and the love of his only child. Hounded by scandal, he flees to Paris, where a series of accidental encounters lands him in a grubby room with a job as night watchman for a sinister operation. Just when he begins to think he has hit rock bottom, romance enters his life in the form of Margit—a cultivated, widowed Hungarian émigré who shares Harry’s profound loneliness but who keeps her distance, remaining guarded about her past. As Harry wrestles with Margit’s reticence, he begins to notice that all those who have recently done him wrong are meeting unfortunate ends—and it soon becomes apparent that he has stumbled into a nightmare from which there is no escape.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Now that I'm back in the quiet safety of my nest...

    MEN WANT THEIR MOMS!

    There.

    I said it.

    March 11, 2014

    • Mary Lou A.

      And we already knew about the Mom stuff, although thank goodness it appears my son married his grandmother according to my friends. Whew!

      2 · March 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah? An "acquaintance"­ once told me "you know a guy like you should never talk, just shut up and drink and pay, and don't talk!" which really wouldn't be so bad except the two years that followed are a total blur to me (if subliminally very likely the reason I gave up on "acquaintances"­ altogether); and speaking of mom-issues (not mine of course, I mean- as if I had them!) neatly bow-tied into a possible book suggestion http://www.youtube.co...­.

      March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice and intelligent people. I had a great time! Thank you Susan for organizing it!

    March 11, 2014

    • Susan R.

      Thank you, Alexandra, for joining us and speaking up at your first club meeting. We enjoyed meeting you, too.

      1 · March 11, 2014

  • Susan R.

    Fun, funny, diverse, opinionated, thoughtful -- everything a book discussion should be! I could've continued our debate long after we left. Thank you to all of you who came out for the evening.

    March 11, 2014

  • Genevieve

    Can I come if I haven't read the book yet?

    March 9, 2014

    • Susan R.

      It's entirely up to you. Some members have from time to time.

      March 10, 2014

  • Susan R.

    What page is your last?

    March 5, 2014

    • Susan R.

      Yes, Alexandra, it is. Abrupt, but there it is.

      March 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      ... abrupt, yes, if also quite a thinly-veiled anti-American work (closure, you know- is for suckers and what not!) I'd say.

      March 7, 2014

  • Mary b.

    Yes

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello,
    Am I missing a half of a book or does the story really stops in the middle?

    March 4, 2014

  • Susan R.

    Oh, boy!! This should be an interesting discussion all right...! What a story, like it or not.

    March 1, 2014

  • Susan R.

    The library won't have this available in time for me. Does anyone have a hard copy I can borrow, if you've finished reading?

    February 20, 2014

    • Susan R.

      Then maybe your returned copy will become available for me since I'm the next one on hold for the book. BPL probably just had to process the return. Sophie's Choice? Gut wrenching.

      February 20, 2014

    • Susan R.

      Yes, it's in transit. I'll have the book by Monday. Thanks, William.

      February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just read it over the weekend, and going right to hell on the 10th for recommending this godawful thing (that is rather only a vague outline for the film adaptation I based said recommendation on in the first place), yes?

    February 18, 2014

    • Susan R.

      William, if this is all it takes to send us to Hell, I'm in big trouble.

      February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      ... the main character's wife, who (he believes) has made his life so utterly wretched he ends up on the lam AND consequently insane, that is, before karma does that-thing-it-DO, d'you know her name is Susan? Other than that no comment.

      February 20, 2014

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