Join us monthly for an hour of lively book discussion. Our book discussion group is an informal and relaxed gathering of adults, with a respectful, congenial, and inquisitive atmosphere.
At the start of the meeting, each member presents their observations and overall impression of the book. If they wish, they can rate the book from zero to five, with five being the highest and most favorable rating. Afterwards, as time allows, members engage in a more thorough and wide-ranging discussion of the book.
Everyone is given an opportunity to participate in the discussion; however, participation is not a requirement. Listeners are welcome!
This event is held online on Zoom; email Kent at email@example.com to participate.
This month's book for discussion is A Wonderful Stroke of Luck by Ann Beattie:
At a boarding school in New Hampshire, Ben joins the honor society led by Pierre LaVerdere, an enigmatic, brilliant, yet perverse, teacher who instructs his students not only about how to reason, but how to prevaricate. As the years go by, LaVerdere's covert and overt instruction lingers in his students' lives as they seek some sense of purpose or meaning. When Ben feels the pace of his life accelerating and views his intimate relationships as less and less fulfilling, there seems to be a subtext he's not able to access. And what, really, did Bailey Academy teach him?
While relationships with his stepmother and sister improve, and a move to upstate New York offers respite from his anxiety about love and work, LaVerdere's reappearance in his life disturbs his equilibrium. Everything he once thought he knew about his teacher--and himself--is called into question. Written by one of our most iconic writers, known for casting a cold eye on her generation's ambivalence and sometimes mistaken ambition, A Wonderful Stroke of Luck is a keenly observed psychological study of a man who alternates between careful driving and hazardous risk taking, as he struggles to incorporate his past into the vertiginous present.