A Novel Idea Book Group
July meeting dates:
July 14 at 7:00 pm (Virtual)
*Registration required for either session.
Roach tags along with animal-attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and “danger tree” faller blasters. Intrepid as ever, she travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter’s Square in the early hours before the pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. She taste-tests rat bait, learns how to install a vulture effigy, and gets mugged by a macaque.
2022 Book Discussion Titles
January 13 & 19 – The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
February 10 & 16 – The Holdout by Graham Moore
March 10 & 16 – The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
April 14 & 20 – Local Woman, Missing by Mary Kubica
May 12 & 18 – The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
June 9 & 15 – The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy Reichert
July 14 & 20 – Fuzz: when nature breaks the law by Mary Roach
August 11 & 17 – The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams
September 8 & 21 – The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson
October 13 & 19 – Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian
November 10 & 16 – Hostage by Clare Mackintosh
December 8 & 21 – The Maid by Nita Prose
Whether you are part of a book club or are reading along independently, the hoopla Book Club Hub can help you to make the most out of your book club experience. Each quarter, a new Spotlight Selection title is released, along with a discussion guide, exclusive author author interviews and more.
The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. by Lee Kravetz is the Summer Spotlight Selection title. To get more information, visit http://theclub.hoopladigital.com.
Blending past and present, and told through three unique interwoven narratives that build on one another, a daring and brilliant debut novel that reimagines a chapter in the life of Sylvia Plath, telling the story behind the creation of her classic semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar.
A seductive literary mystery and multigenerational story inspired by true events, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. imaginatively brings into focus the period of promise and tragedy that marked the writing of Sylvia Plath’s modern classic The Bell Jar. Lee Kravetz uses a prismatic narrative formed from three distinct fictional perspectives to bring Plath to life—that of her psychiatrist, a rival poet, and years later, a curator of antiquities.
Estee, a seasoned curator for a small Massachusetts auction house, makes an astonishing find: the original manuscript of Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, written by hand in her journals fifty-five years earlier. Vetting the document, Estee will discover she’s connected to Plath’s legacy in an unexpected way.
Plath’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ruth Barnhouse, treats Plath during the dark days she spends at McLean Hospital following a suicide attempt and eventually helps set the talented poet and writer on a path toward literary greatness.
Poet Boston Rhodes, a malicious literary rival, pushes Plath to write about her experiences at McLean, tipping her into a fatal spiral of madness and ultimately forging her legacy.
The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. bridges fact and fiction to imagine the life of a revered writer. Suspenseful and beautifully written, Kravetz’s masterful literary novel is a hugely appealing read.