February's book is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (2019)
Sunday, 4pm (for 2 hours), Arapahoe Room at Main Boulder Library.
Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction. Beware the wobbly POV at the midpoint of this book; it will make you question everything coming before. Who's reliable? Susan? Karen? The narrator? The author? Building upon Cusk, Knausgård, and even Nabokov, Susan Choi uses metafiction, autofiction, and just plain fiction within fiction to reveal the essential questions: What's the contract between reality and story and the author and the reader? And what happens when that trust is violated?
Each meeting we will pick apart a recent novel from various genres with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills to great effect. Storytelling is an art, but it's not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:
- Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
- Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
- Tense, Argot, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
- Motivation: Making a story pop - generating a thrill
- Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations
We ask that all attendees read the novel in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.
How does 'literary forensics' work? For more information and resources, please visit my Book Club informational site, here: http://www.garyalanmcbride.com/boulder-book-club-for-writers/