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The book club has been running for over 3 years now, meeting once a month in Signal and has proved to be very interesting. We have lost people and gained some new ones along the way. It is a serious book club, so no alcohol involved, but yet it is a bit of fun.

 

 

Members are currently reading   2 A.M. at The Cat's Pyjamas by Marie-Helene Bertino




Venue: Signal Arts Centre Gallery

Date: 1st Tuesday of every month

Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Time: 5pm


 

 




5th December   2 A.M. at The Cat's Pyjamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

 

A sparkling, enchanting and staggeringly original debut novel about one day in the lives of three unforgettable characters.

 

Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, precocious nine-year-old and an aspiring jazz singer. As she mourns the recent death of her mother, she doesn’t realize that on Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day—and night—of her life. After bravely facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, Madeleine doggedly searches for Philadelphia's legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas, where she’s determined to make her on-stage debut.

 

On the same day, her fifth grade teacher Sarina Greene, who’s just moved back to Philly after a divorce, is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with an old high school crush, afraid to hope that sparks might fly again. And across town at The Cat's Pajamas, club owner Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever, unless someone can find a way to quickly raise the $30,000 that would save it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


9th January   A Death in the Family by KarlOve Krausgaard

 

Karl Ove Knausgaard writes about his life with painful honesty. He writes about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and unpredictable father, and his bewilderment and grief on his father’s death. 

 

When Karl Ove becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. Knausgaard has created a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives.

A profound and mesmerizing work, written as if the author’s very life were at stake.

 

 

 

 

 

 



6th February   When Light is like Water by Molly McCluskey

 

 

Alice, a young American on her travels, arrives in the West of Ireland with no plans and no strong attachments - except to her beloved mother, who raised her on her own.

 

She falls in love with an Irishman, marries him, and settles down in a place whose codes she struggles to crack. And then, in the course of a single hot summer, she embarks on an affair that breaks her marriage and sets her life on a new course.

 

After years working in war zones around the world, and in the immediate aftermath of her mother's death, Alice finds herself back in Ireland and contemplating the forces that led her to put down roots and then tear them up again.

 

 

 

 

 



6th March   Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

 

 

In his long-awaited first novel, American master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet.

 

Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any other—for no one but Saunders could conceive it.

 

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle.

 

Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.