What we're about

A contemporary fiction book club in Austin that will focus on current and recent authors such as:

Haruki Murakami Martin Amis Dave Eggers

Ian McEwan Cormac McCarthy Don DeLillo

Julian Barnes Jhumpa Lahiri Saul Bellow

Khaled Hosseini Donna Tartt Rohinton Mistry

J M Coetzee Gary Shteyngart Toni Morrison

Michael Ondaatje Jennifer Egan Margaret Atwood

Michael Chabon Junot Diaz Daniel Sada

Orhan Pamuk Juan Gabriel Vasquez

John Williams James Salter Mark Zusak

and many, many more.

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Two meetings a month, one in north Austin the other south, with a lively book discussion and socializing with food and drink.

Our hopeful aim is to have everyone participate in our discussions and to come away having a greater appreciation and understanding of the book we have read.

Upcoming events (3)

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)

• What we'll do *Reminder, we will not meet in December, this will be our Dec/Jan book* The second book, following last year’s My Brilliant Friend, featuring the two friends Lila and Elena. The two protagonists are now in their twenties. Marriage appears to have imprisoned Lila. Meanwhile, Elena continues her journey of self-discovery. The two young women share a complex and evolving bond that brings them close at times, and drives them apart at others. Each vacillates between hurtful disregard and profound love for the other. With this complicated and meticulously portrayed friendship at the center of their emotional lives, the two girls mature into women, paying the cruel price that this passage exacts 471 pages Nominated by Suzee "Ferrante's writing has no limits, is willing to take every thought forward to its most radical conclusion and backward to its most radical birthing." -- James Wood, The New Yorker "Everyone should read anything with [Elena Ferrante's] name on it." -- The Boston Globe • What to bring • Important to know

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

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• What we'll do With Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan—who dazzled readers with her Pulitzer Prize-winning, A Visit from the Goon Squad—spins a classic historical novel. Classic in the sense that it’s virtually impossible to put down. Classic in its sepia toned portrait of New York: set on the Brooklyn docks during World War II, when mobsters ruled, the war loomed, and a young girl dove her way into becoming the first female diver on the squad. Classic in its quintessentially satisfying characters: crooked gangsters, disappearing fathers, gritty sailors and an intrepid young woman equally at home in a 200 pound diving suit and a green silk dress who unites them all. Classic in its revelation of the dangerous, altruistic and nefarious choices people make to support their family, their country and themselves. Manhattan Beach is classic in all of its American glory. 449 pages Nominated by Tracie • What to bring • Important to know

The Interestings by Meg Worlitzer

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• What we'll do The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life. 480 pages • What to bring Bring drinks and snacks if you would like. • Important to know Across from Casa Chapala Restaurant, Robert Martinez is the nearest cross street.

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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