What makes a book a “classic”? The writer Italo Calvino defined them this way: "A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers." In that spirit, the Classics Book Club reads and discusses novels that have become beloved over the years, whether they're well-known staples or under-the-radar gems. We’ll read one classic or modern classic book and engage in a lively discussion about the text in person at the Library!
For September and October, Classics Book Club is trying something new! We're reading two books—one classic and one just published—that are in conversation with each other. Ann Patchett's latest novel, Tom Lake, explores the slipperiness of memory, moving back and forth between two Michigan-set summers nearly 30 years apart to show the way the past can seep into the present. In 1988, Lara was a young aspiring actor rehearsing for a summer stock production of the play Our Town, on the verge of a big career break. In 2020, in lockdown with her daughters on the family cherry farm, Lara tells them her stories from that hot 1988 summer that she spent immersed in Our Town, reliving the past through her memories of young love, ambition, and heartbreak.
For this meeting, we will read Tom Lake and discuss the role that Our Town plays in the book and the way that a contemporary novel can celebrate, update, or question a classic text.
Be sure to register here for the October 25th meeting so that you can receive a new copy of Tom Lake for you to keep! Refreshments will be served.
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