Hey team - Sorry about the long wait but we're now ready to gear up and dive into another theme for the summer (our 3rd one already!). Last year we took a tour around the Mediterranean, but this year we're feeling more of a stay-cation: all our novels this summer will take place in New York City. But, while the city will be the common thread binding the novels together, what we really want to focus on is relationships: the relationships between characters, the relationships between characters and the city, and the relationships between characters and wider societal movements. We always say that New Yorkers and their city exist in a "bubble", hopefully through these novels we will explore how people navigate New York in their own time with their own people, while discovering experiences we can relate to as well.
Our first novel in the theme will be the Jazz Age era novel, The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Published in 1922, his second novel explores the relationship of a husband and wife as they become part of the post-war New York party scene, and struggle with the excesses of the age.
The novels we've chosen are a bit longer than the usual so here's the full list so you can plan out your reading accordingly (all meetups will be last Wed of each month):
- June: The Beautiful and the Damned (1922) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- July: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) by Betty Smith
- August: Another Country (1962) by James Baldwin
- September: Last Exit to Brooklyn (1964) by Hubert Shelby
All should be pretty easy to find.