Read The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

  • February 25, 2014 · 7:30 PM
  • The Rubyfruit Jungle (private residence)

The year is 1975 and Reno—so-called because of the place of her birth—has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in that world, and Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts. Ardent, vulnerable, and bold, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro’s family home in Italy, betrayal sends Reno reeling into a clandestine undertow.

The Flamethrowers is an intensely engaging exploration of the mystique of the feminine, the fake, the terrorist. At its center is author Rachel Kushner’s superbly realized protagonist, a young woman on the verge. Thrilling and fearless, this is a major American novel from a writer of spectacular talent and imagination.

 

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  • Amy

    Hey is anyone still on the wait list who would like my spot?

    February 25, 2014

    • Elizabeth R.

      Hi Amy! No worries, just change your RSVP to no. No one is currently waitlisted, but we will look forward to seeing you next time! ;)

      February 25, 2014

    • Amy

      Okay, done! Thanks so much Elizabeth. Have a great discussion and I look forward to catching up with you ladies soon! xo

      February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have no clue where the meeting is at...also do I have to bring a book or is one provided?? Fyi first timer...JS

    February 25, 2014

    • Elizabeth R.

      You can't attend if you haven't already read the book. The club is a discussion. You provide your own book, and if you want to read it before next month's club, you can and if you RSVP yes you'll get the address the day of the club.

      February 25, 2014

  • Ruthanne S.

    Argh. After pestering about the address, now I have to change my response to a maybe :( But I am very eager to meet the group and be a part of it, so please don't kick me out! I promise to behave and attend next time.

    February 25, 2014

    • Elizabeth R.

      Hi Ruth! No worries, just change your RSVP to no. No one is currently waitlisted, but we will look forward to seeing you next time! ;)

      February 25, 2014

  • Elizabeth R.

    I just e-mailed everyone the address. Please check your e-mail that you signed up to meet-up with, and/or your spam folder. Also, if you cannot come tonight, we will miss you, but please update your RSVP accordingly. xo

    February 25, 2014

  • Ruthanne S.

    Hi. Is it possible to tell us the address of tonight's meeting place soon? Or maybe you've sent it and I missed it?

    February 25, 2014

  • Bonnie W.

    Yay! Looking forward to meeting some new friends.

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apparently I ordered an audiobook instead of a real book; I am not fairing well in this sport at all! But I am not willing to admit defeat and will be trying out for the next one ;) On the up side I have a good book waiting for my next road trip...

    February 24, 2014

  • Elizabeth R.

    The club is meeting in a week, and there are a few people on the waitlist, so please be courteous to others and make sure your RSVP is your final answer! <3

    February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I meant "book club" sport...I swear I can read and write!

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think this group has sucked LA dry of this book...causing my delay and lockout; but I am going to order it anyway and read along to practice for next time. Got to get on my game if I hope to stand a chance in the competitive booking club sport ;)

    2 · February 3, 2014

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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