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A Novel Idea Book Group

February meeting dates:

February 9 at 7:00 pm (Virtual)
February 15 at 2:00 pm (In person)

*Registration required for either session

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he’s teachingin a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what’s left of his self-respect; he hasn’t written-let alone published-anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn’t need Jake’s help because the plot of his book in progress is a sure thing, Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then . . . he hears the plot. Jake returns to the downward trajectory of his own career and braces himself for the supernova publication of Evan Parker’s first novel: but it never comes. When he discovers that his former student has died, presumably without ever completing his book, Jake does what any self-respecting writer would do with a story like that-a story that absolutely needs to be told. In a few short years, all of Evan Parker’s predictions have come true, but Jake is the author enjoying the wave. He is wealthy, famous, praised and read all over the world. But at the height of his glorious new life, an e-mail arrives, the first salvo in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: You are a thief, it says. As Jake struggles to understand his antagonist and hide the truth from his readers and his publishers, he begins to learn more about his late student, and what he discovers both amazes and terrifies him. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his “sure thing” of a novel? What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?

 

2023 Book Discussion Titles

January 12 & 1 – Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Zhang

February 9 & 15 – The Plot by Jean Korelitz

March 9 & 15 –Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley

April 13 & 19 – Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

May 12 & 18 – What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline

June 8 & 14 – The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

July 13 & 19 – Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt 

August 10 & 16 – Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

September 14 & 20 – Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

October 12 & 18 – Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

November 9 & 15 – Solito by Javier Zamora

December 14 & 20 – Love & Saffron by Kim Fay

 

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Winter Spotlight!

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.

Widowland by C.J. Carey is the Winter Spotlight Selection title. To get more information, visit http://theclub.hoopladigital.com.

LONDON, 1953. Thirteen years have passed since England surrendered to the Nazis and formed a Grand Alliance with Germany. It was forced to adopt many of its oppressive ideologies, one of which was the strict classification of women into hierarchical groups based on the perceived value they brought to society.

Rose Ransom, a member of the privileged Geli class, remembers life from before the war but knows better than to let it show. She works for the Ministry of Culture, rewriting the classics of English literature to ensure there are no subversive thoughts that will give women any ideas.

Outbreaks of insurgency have been seen across the country with graffiti made up of seditious lines from forbidden works by women painted on public buildings. Suspicion has fallen on Widowland, the run-down slums where childless women over fifty have been banished. Rose is given the dangerous task of infiltrating Widowland to find the source of the rebellion before the Leader arrives in England for the Coronation ceremony of King Edward VIII and Queen Wallis.

Will Rose follow her instructions and uncover the criminals? Or will she fight for what she knows in her heart is right?

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