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****We are holding this as a virtual meeting. There is adequate space on Google's platform now for more than 9 people, so please RSVP. It looks like a great first novel.**** Our July online meeting will be THE IDIOT by Elif Batuman. It was published in March 2017. Re-examining the college experience from a remove of ten or so years sounds like a sentimental, very fun romp for July. From the publisher's website: “Batuman has won a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for humor, and her book is consistently hilarious. If this is a sentimental education, it’s one leavened by a great deal of mordant and delightful humor. . . . At once a cutting satire of academia, a fresh take on the epistolary novel, a poignant bildungsroman, and compelling travel literature, “The Idiot’’ is also a touching and spirited portrait of the artist as a hugely appealing young woman.”— Boston Globe “I’m not Turkish, I don’t have a Serbian best friend, I’m not in love with a Hungarian, I don’t go to Harvard. Or do I? For one wonderful week, I got to be this worldly and brilliant, this young and clumsy and in love. The Idiot is a hilariously mundane immersion into a world that has never before received the 19th Century Novel treatment. An addictive, sprawling epic; I wolfed it down.” —Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man and It Chooses You “Batuman’s novel is roaringly funny. It is also intellectually subtle, surprising, and enlightening. It is a book fueled by deadpan wonder.”—New York Review of Books “No one writes funnier or more stylishly about higher education. Nothing written about grad school is as entertaining as her 2010 collection of dispatches from Stanford’s comparative-literature department, The Possessed, and her studied satire of Harvard in The Idiot is nearly its equal.”—Village Voice Reminder / Announcement: Regarding dues, I did not expect that we would be on lockdown. I figured I'd have a chance to collect it in person over this period. Not the case, so I am asking if everyone who RSVPs to the recent meeting, has attended and found value in the past few meetings, or anticipates coming very soon, would mind contributing between $3 and $5, whatever you want, to meet the six months of Meetup fees. My Venmo is ElisiaL (feel free to friend me). If we surpass the mark, I'll record it and divert it to the next bill unless you tell me you'd like to quit. But if around twenty regulars donate at the lower end, we should almost meet it! Thanks. I will email the RSVP list with information on how to join. Please RSVP by July 16th, because it is helpful for planning how many people to expect. I look forward to our summertime book club!