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POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER: April Fiction: Canada, by Richard Ford


Hi all, based on response to my earlier message regarding inclement weather, this meetup will be postponed one week. Apologies to those of you who intended to brave the rain to discuss - thank you for being flexible and hope to see you all next Wednesday. Same time, same place!


Please join us for our April fiction pick, "Canada." From the NY Times Review:

Willa Cather once wrote that “a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.” By that measure, and any other, Richard Ford is doing his very best in his extraordinary new novel, “Canada,” his first book since “The Lay of the Land” six years ago. Here, Ford is clearly writing within the range and character of his deepest sympathies — in this case, from the point of view of an abandoned 15-year-old boy — and he’s doing it with a level of linguistic mastery that is rivaled by few, if any, in American letters today. [....]
On a purely plot-hungry basis, turning the page seems the only thing to do, but — as is so often the case with the fiction of Richard Ford — what actually happens in the story feels secondary, or at best equal, to the language itself. In the hands of a lesser writer, this can create problems: the prose begins to feel self-indulgent, written not to illuminate any truths but to please the writer, and in the process, story itself is lost and the reader is left behind. But “Canada” is blessed with two essential strengths in equal measure — a mesmerizing story driven by authentic and fully realized characters, and a prose style so accomplished it is tempting to read each sentence two or three times before being pulled to the next. Full review available here:

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We generally get a HUGE number of RSVPs and a low turnout. This is fine, but it would be nice if you could change your RSVP to "no" if you decide you can't come.

Thank you!

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  • Suzanne M

    I always understand the book better --and appreciate it more after bookclub.

    May 9, 2014

  • Inge

    Great people and discussion!

    May 8, 2014

  • Suzanne M

    Great book chat!

    May 7, 2014

  • Renee

    I'll be traveling at least through Sept. 1, so please remove me from this list. Thanks!

    April 29, 2014

  • Jack M.

    I will be happy to pay my dues at the April 30th meeting.

    April 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will do my best to make this one--balancing a Wednesday night class--and will bow out in advance if I can't. My compliments on the ongoing book selection---you pick really great reads!

    1 · March 18, 2014

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