I will have to believe that you have all dutifully abstained from anything resembling a King Cake until the ONLY appropriate time to partake—and so here is my King’s Day gift to you… a trio of prize-winning reading selections to launch our year of spirited literary soirees. You are the winners, because as you celebrate the start of our carnival season, you can turn page after page while you nibble on your preferred local delicacy—which is your favorite? (I am still nostalgic for the old McKenzie king cake, but very happy to slice into the praline version at Maple Street Patisserie.)
For January 28, we will read Tenth of December by George Saunders
National Book Award Finalist, one of 10 best by New York Times Book Review
“One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. … Writing brilliantly and profoundly about class, sex, love, loss, work, despair, and war, Saunders cuts to the core of the contemporary experience. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human. Unsettling, insightful, and hilarious, the stories in Tenth of December—through their manic energy, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, and their generosity of spirit—not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should ‘prepare us for tenderness.’”
As previously revealed, the February title is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. And for March we will read The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman.
Remember: If you get the baby, you buy the next cake!