May Meetup—Frances and Bernard

May's selection is Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer. Because of the Memorial Day holiday, we will have this meetup on Tuesday, May 28.

"A novel of stunning subtlety, grace, and depth . . . compos[ed in] dueling letters of breathtaking wit, seduction, and heartbreak." —Booklist, starred review

A letter can spark a friendship.
A friendship can change your life.


In the summer of 1957, Frances and Bernard meet at an artists’ colony. She finds him faintly ridiculous, but talented. He sees her as aloof, but intriguing. Afterward, he writes her a letter. Soon they are immersed in the kind of fast, deep friendship that can take over—and change the course of—our lives.

From points afar, they find their way to New York and, for a few whirling years, each other. The city is a wonderland for young people with dreams: cramped West Village kitchens, rowdy cocktail parties stocked with the sharp-witted and glamorous, taxis that can take you anywhere at all, long talks along the Hudson River as the lights of the Empire State Building blink on above.

Inspired by the lives of Flannery O’Connor and Robert Lowell, Frances and Bernard imagines, through new characters with charms entirely their own, what else might have happened. It explores the limits of faith, passion, sanity, what it means to be a true friend, and the nature of acceptable sacrifice. In the grandness of the fall, can we love another person so completely that we lose ourselves? How much should we give up for those we love? How do we honor the gifts our loved ones bring and still keep true to our dreams?

In witness to all the wonder of kindred spirits and bittersweet romance,Frances and Bernard is a tribute to the power of friendship and the people who help us discover who we are.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the discussion and everyone was most welcoming....hope to make it to another meeting.

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • Anthony O.

    Ugh. Have to work late again. Sorry to miss this one. Enjoy!

    May 28, 2013

  • Jonathan T.

    Sorry, I can't remember my wireless password in my apartment (it's on auto on my laptop) and my Nook has been insisting that I connect to a wireless network to buy this book. Ginormous user error. Sorry to chance the RSVP so close to the date.

    May 27, 2013

  • Tiffany A.

    I can't wait :)

    April 28, 2013

  • Judi

    why are the rsvp's closed?

    April 25, 2013

    • Lucy

      That's bizarre. I've just opened them up again. Thanks!

      April 25, 2013

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