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Book Club Meeting #3

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  • We have chosen the following book to read…

    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena:  A Novel

    By:  Anthony Marra

    In this extraordinary first novel, Marra homes in on a people and a region that barely register with most Americans and, in heartrending prose, makes us feel their every misfortune. In rural Chechnya, during the second war, a small group of people struggle to survive in the bleakest of circumstances. 

    ANTHONY MARRA is the winner of a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. Marra’s novel was a National Book Award long list selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. In addition, his work has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is his first novel. Visit

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  • Virginia G.

    I will not be able to attend this meeting, but I look forward to the next meeting.

    May 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My nephew's 2nd birthday party is the same day, so unfortunately, I will have to miss this. I feel awful...I've missed every meeting so far. Crossing my fingers that the next one works out. Enjoy, all.

    April 30, 2014

  • Liz de P.

    So sorry, I can't make that day due to a family party. Hope it's great!

    April 14, 2014

    • Amy P.

      Thanks Liz! See you at the next one.

      April 29, 2014

  • Tanya

    Hi, Amy. I'm really sorry I have to miss the meeting-- have to work that Saturday. I'm sure you'll have a great discussion. Hope to be able to make the next one.

    1 · April 29, 2014

    • Amy P.

      We will miss you - see you next time - enjoy work!

      April 29, 2014

  • Nicole B.

    I have to go out of town for work, but I am sure it will be a great meeting. I look forward to hearing about what our next book will be.

    April 29, 2014

    • Amy P.

      Thanks for the note - see you next time! We will miss you!

      April 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just ordered the book! Looking forward to the next meet up!

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Melissa

    Amy, I very much enjoyed today's group discussion and I'm looking forward to the next. Thanks for organizing and hosting this group.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Amy P.

    Hi Group!
    Beth alerted me to May 11th being Mother's Day- so I've changed our meeting to Saturday May 10th. Hope this works for everyone who is interested in attending!

    March 30, 2014

  • Beth W.

    HI Amy,

    It is not a problem for me but do you know that May 11 is Mother's Day?

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • Amy P.

      Opps- I didn't know that… I don't have it on my calendar- perhaps I should do the day before...

      1 · March 30, 2014


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