Let's discuss "The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells" by Andrew Sean Greer

1985. After the death of her beloved twin brother, Felix, and the break up with her long-time lover, Nathan, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in a different era.

During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and her alternate lives in 1918, as a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, as a devoted mother and wife. Separated by time and social mores, Greta's three lives are achingly similar, fraught with familiar tensions and difficult choices. Each reality has its own losses, its own rewards, and each extracts a different price. And the modern Greta learns that her alternate selves are unpredictable, driven by their own desires and needs.

As her final treatment looms, questions arise. What will happen once each Greta learns how to stay in one of the other worlds? Who will choose to remain in which life?

Magically atmospheric, achingly romantic, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells beautifully imagines "what if" and wondrously wrestles with the impossibility of what could be.

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  • Beth M.

    We had a good conversation about the book. Everyone contributed to the conversation. New members attending and we keep growing. Always a fun time so if you like books, people and food, check periodically for upcoming meetings and get your reservation in early. Then get the book, read it and join the conversation. We always enjoy talking about books - sometimes the not so good books are the best ones to talk about, but the good ones also lead to fun exchanges too!

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • Lisa

    I really, really want to go to this get together. I finished the book within a few days of leaving the last meeting, but when I went to RSVP right after finishing it, the Meetup was full.

    March 21, 2014

    • Michelle C.

      Lisa, Are you still wanting to go tonight? If so, let me know and you can have my spot.

      March 30, 2014

  • Shari G.

    There is a possibility I won't make it.... I'll be sure to update my RSVP if my plans change.

    March 23, 2014

    • Shari G.

      I loved the book! So we will just have to see how my work schedule pans out. :-)

      March 24, 2014

    • Shari G.

      I will definitely be there. Sorry to those who were wanting my spot!

      1 · March 26, 2014

  • Beth M.

    Lisa, remember RSVPs technically don't close until the afternoon of the meeting, and members' plans change during the week. A spot or two may open up between now and Sunday so be sure to check in every couple of days.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Everyone, I attended the book club meeting for "The Circle" and so enjoyed the intelligent observations and the humor. I hope to be part of this group for now on. Thanks.

    3 · March 16, 2014

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