Our selection for March takes us to a work of fiction, rare for our group, since most of what we read is memoir, biography, or autobiography. The book is Adam Haslett's You are Not a Stranger Here, his collection of stories, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. Some of the characters suffer with specific mental disorders, others simply illustrate "both the sorrow of life and the courage with which people rise to meet it..."
The author is praised as having "an instinctive empathy for his characters and an ability to map their inner lives..." He writes "graceful, mature, witty stories."
The Remembrance of Things Past Book Club is not a therapy or support group but does provide a friendly atmosphere in which to read and discuss this remarkable genre of psychological memoir or first person accounts of mental illness. And occasionally we read fictionalized accounts of those kinds of human struggle.
We gather for a half hour of meet and greet and then discuss the work for about an hour. Members select the next reading. Attendees are expected to make a small contribution to the survival of the book store by purchasing a book or making a $5 donation. The monthly selection is offered for 10% off cover price for members.