1991 Rabbit At Rest by John Updike

Slate.com recently observed that "...it’s sad to see that John Updike has subtly fallen out of fashion, that he is left off best novels lists like the Modern Library’s, and that a faint sense of disapproval clings to his reputation, even as his immense talent is recognized."

Certainly, many people approach Updike warily-including some in this group, who read Rabbit Is Rich for our February meeting. But MANY others consider the author's work to be among the best of the last century, even if Harry Angstrom, the Rabbit protagonist, isn't terribly sympathetic.

So, rally, friends, because Rabbit At Rest is our April 2014 selection for TWO MEETINGS of the Brooklyn Pulitzer Prize Book Club. The New York Times called it "certainly the most brooding, the most demanding, the most concentrated of John Updike's longer novels."


Two meetings? Indeed. The group has grown a lot in the past 2-3 years, and we now have more than 200 members. But, we limit our Meetups to 12 people, because discussions can get unwieldy with more than that. That means we typically have a long wait-list, which leads to frustration and disappointment. So, we're continuing our experiment, with two meetups for the same book.

As a result, if you can't get a seat at the table for our session on Sunday April 13th, you should join us on Monday, April 14thThe idea is that you'll pick the date that works best for you, unless you really, really want to talk about this book twice.)

As always, we'd love to have you join us, even if you haven't read the whole thing, if you've never come before, or you haven't been here in months. We don't care. We're not one of those clique-y groups. Come on by and pull up a chair.

Black Mountain has 25 lovely wines available for your drinking pleasure, tasty small plates, and a comfortable vibe. Come join us on Sunday, April 13th!

Happy reading,

P.S. #1: Oh, about the $1 fee: Meetup charges $12+/month to maintain a Meetup group, so this is just an attempt to defray that cost.

P.S.#2: If you do need to cancel for some reason, please do so with as much advance notice as possible. We’ve now got more than 200 members, and even with two Meetups, we may well have a waiting list for our events. By canceling as soon as you can, you enable others to participate as well, which is nice for all.


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  • Joe S.

    We might not like what he does or who he dies it with, biut we understand Rabbit and sympathize with his plight. Pushed aside and unmoored Harry struggles with the consequences of the hedonism of his earlier life. Word.

    April 13, 2014

    • Joe S.

      shoulda spell checked this, who he does it with was my intention.

      April 14, 2014

    • Stacy

      Great conversation last night about the complexity of Harry. I started Rabbit , run and I have to say that beginning @ the end and continuing @ the beginning it makes for a better story!

      2 · April 14, 2014

  • Michael B.

    Great meeting

    April 14, 2014

  • Maria M.

    I'm loving the book so far!

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • John A.

    Oh, there's PLENTY of time: two whole weeks!

    {muttering expletives to himself: where IS that book? I know it's around here somewhere. Must start tomorrow.}

    March 29, 2014

    • Joe S.

      Without giving anything away. I will say that the scene where Harry goes boating with his granddaughter is some of the finest writing I have ever read.

      March 29, 2014

  • Joe S.


    March 29, 2014

    • Maria M.

      Man, I'd better get cracking!

      March 29, 2014

    • Joe S.

      Funny you should say crack. (Considering the novel) I hope we see you on Sunday the 12th.

      March 29, 2014

  • Khris S.

    I'm still reading Rabbit is Rich. Doh!

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Stacy

    First meeting , looking forward.

    1 · March 19, 2014

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