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Fiction Book Discussion Group

The Fiction Book Group has been meeting since 2002. New members welcome! Come to one or all meetings. Books are available at the front desk. 

When:  Second Thursday of each month from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Where:  The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by:  Patricia Moore pmoore@owlibrary.org


2018  Selections             


October 11
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

Wolfe's first novel is about a young man’s burning desire to leave his small town and tumultuous family in search of a better life. The novel follows the trajectory of Eugene Gant, a brilliant and restless young man whose wanderlust and passion shape his adolescent years in rural North Carolina. Wolfe said that this is “a book made out of my life.” Wolfe brings his extended family and the whole of 1900s Asheville to glorious life, with special attention to warts and all. Moderated by Eileen


November 8
Other Voices, Other Rooms  by Truman Capote 
Pair with Non-Fiction "Capote" 

Written in Southern Gothic style, this is Capote´s first published novel and semi-autobiographical. After his mother dies, a 13-year-old boy from New Orleans is sent to live in Skully Landing, a small community expecting to meet his long lost father. There a strange adventure commences. It’s a real mystery to the very last page. Moderated by Curry


December 13 
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles  

This is a story involving only a few main characters and one location – the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. In this 30-year saga, the Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is placed under house arrest in Moscow in 1922 in the hotel’s isolated 6th floor. The relationships he forms with staff and guests, his handling of twists of fate, his moral rectitude and his perseverance to go on in the face of his lifelong imprisonment for being a Former Person make for a compelling tale. Moderated by Charlene


January 10, 2019
Transatlantic by Colum McCann

Three iconic crossings are connected by remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in history. Newfoundland, 1919: Two aviators aim for a nonstop flight across the Atlantic. Dublin, 1845: On a tour, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish sympathetic to the abolitionist cause. New York, 1998: Senator George Mitchell shepherds Northern Ireland’s peace talks to a conclusion. Moderated by Bill

February 14
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Inspired by a true story, this work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th century Spain. An Australian rare-book expert conserves this work, and the tiny artifacts she discovers in its binding only begin to unlock its deep mysteries. She is plunged into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Moderated by Margaret


March 14
A Separation by Katie Kitamura

Deceptions pile upon deceptions in this coolly unsettling postmodern mystery, in which a British woman travels to a Greek fishing village to search for her estranged husband, who has disappeared. It’s an unsettling psychological novel . . . a meditation on infidelity and the unknowability of one's spouse. As the narrator reflects upon her love for a man who may never have been what he appeared, the author propels us into the experience of a woman on the brink of catastrophe. Moderated by Frances


April 11
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

First published serially in 1905, this novel is journalist Sinclair’s dramatization of the harsh working conditions for and exploitation of immigrant workers in industrial cities like Chicago during the early part of the 20th century. Sinclair worked in the meatpacking plants of the Chicago stockyards to gather information for the novel. The work is principally concerned with a Lithuanian immigrant trying to make ends meet in Chicago, and his family’s struggle for survival. Moderated by Beth


May 9
Terrorist by John Updike

The terrorist is 18-year-old Ahmad Ashmawy Mulloy, the son of an Irish American mother and an Egyptian father who disappeared when he was 3. Devoted to Allah and to the Qur’an, Ahmad feels his faith threatened by the materialistic, hedonistic society he sees around him in a slumping New Jersey factory town. Now driving a truck for a Lebanese furniture store, Ahmad thinks he has discovered God’s purpose for him. But to quote the Qur’an: Of those who plot, God is the best. Moderated by Diane


June 13
2019-20 Book Selection &
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stei

Denny, a race car driver and customer representative in a car dealership, owns a dog Enzo, who believes in the Mongolian legend that a dog who is prepared will be reincarnated in his next life as a human. Enzo sets out to prepare, with his journey a struggle to hone his humanness, to make sense of the good, the bad and the unthinkable. Enzo helps Denny in his life, through his ups and downs. Moderated by Carol


July 11
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Pak Jun Do’s mother is lost and his father runs a North Korean work camp for orphans. Jun Do becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the limits of what he can endure he takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong II to save the women he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress so pure she didn’t know what starving people looked like. Moderated by Dick








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