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December Monthly: Commonwealth

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  • St Elmos Coffee Pub

    2300 Mt. Vernon Ave, Del Ray in Alexandria, VA, Alexandria, VA (map)

    38.826267 -77.058777

  • Note: RSVPs open for this meetup at 7pm on Monday, November 21st.

    For our December monthly meetup we are reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Just published this year in 2016, Patchett sets part of this novel in our very own state of Virginia. The hardcover version numbers 336 pages.

    There is a possibility that the location of the meetup may change, so please keep an eye out for updates. 

    The GoodReads blurb is

    One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

    Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

    When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

    Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak,Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

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  • Vi
    Event Host

    Hi! I love reading all kinds of books.

  • Craig
    Event Host

    Looking for intelligent conversation about good books.

  • Connie W.

    I am looking forward to discussing good books and learning what others enjoy reading and recommend.

  • Kristin J.

    I love to read and discuss books.

  • Reuben

    Hi, I'm just trying to get back to reading an outside book on a regular basis to balance my tech... more

  • Aldo S.

    I am 61 years old. I work for the Federal government as an historian and have... more

  • Ellen C

    I'm a single woman who kives in Northern Virginia and I love to read fiction and meet new... more

  • Stephanie B.

    Hi, I'm Stephanie. I've been living in the Del Ray area of Alexandria for more than four years.... more

  • Lynne

    To read & discuss books w/others is a joy!

  • Roger C. +1

    Hi, My goal is to read several good books a month.... more

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