Discuss Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver

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La Madeleine

500 King Street · Alexandria, VA

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Find parking on King Street or one of the side streets, or park in the lot behind La Madeleine (ask the cashier for a validation). Or take Metro to King St and walk a half-mile (or take the free trolley) to La Madeleine.

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Please join us Tuesday, April 23 (a week later than usual), when we'll discuss Barbara Kingsolver's most recent novel, Unsheltered.


Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver (suggested at a recent meeting; sorry, it wasn't in writing, and I don't remember who brought it up)

Two families. Two times. One address. Nineteenth-century science teacher Thatcher Greenwood, fascinated by Darwin’s new book, is torn between his employer’s mandates and his obligation to teach the truth. In modern times, Willa Knox and her husband, living in the same house where Thatcher once lived, can’t understand how two hardworking professionals can do everything right and end up destitute, with nothing to show for it but debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart. Kingsolver’ latest novel interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

Please RSVP so we know how many to expect. If you can't make it at the last minute, that's OK; just let us know by changing your RSVP on the site. And feel free to bring a guest, but include your guest in the RSVP.

I try to arrive early, but can't always manage it. If you arrive first, please pull some tables together, depending on how many RSVPs we have. If you have a physical copy of the book, place it out on the table to help other members locate us.

(Alexandria Book Circle does not charge for membership or attendance. But with Meetup's recent rate increase -- now $15 a month -- it is necessary to put a collection box on the table at our discussions, for any small and completely voluntary contribution you'd like to make, to help defray the cost. Even the change you get back from buying your meal is appreciated.)

Hope to see you there!