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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 [email protected]


2019  Selections             


January 9, 2020

I Sing the Body Electric!

Ray Bradbury


Ray Bradbury was an American author and screenwriter who was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream. Some of his other works include Fahrenheit 451, the Martian Chronicles, and Dandelion Wine. The title story of I Sing the Body Electric! was made into a Twilight Zone episode in 1962.
Moderated by Jeff


February 13

The Magus

John Fowles


Fowles was profoundly influenced by the Existentialists, Sarte and Camus among others. His story concerns an expatriate English teacher teaching in a school in Greece. Filled with shocks and chilling surprises, the Englishman’s friendship with an island estate owner leads him into a nightmare. Reality and fantasy are deliberately confused by staged deaths, sensual encounters, and terrifying violence in this work rich with symbols, conundrums and labyrinthine twists of event. Moderated by George



March 12


Madeline Miller


Circe, the daughter of Helios the sun god, has the power of witchcraft, transforming rivals into monsters and menacing the gods themselves. Circe is a bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story that is both epic and intimate, recasting the most infamous female figure from The Odyssey as a hero in her own right. We know how everything here turns out – we’ve known it for thousands of years – but this reimagined story feels harrowing and unexpected. Moderated by Margaret


April 9

The Last Neanderthal

Claire Cameron


Two women are separated by millennia but linked by common experiences of early motherhood. 40,000 years ago, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. Girl is just coming of age and her family wants to find her a mate. But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. In the modern day, an archaeologist works well into her pregnancy to excavate Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes. Moderated by Frances


May 14

Howards End                Movie to be discussed also

E.M. Forster


This novel describes social conventions, codes of conduct and relationships in England at the beginning of the 20th century. There are three families: capitalists with a fortune made in the colonies; siblings whose cultural pursuits have much in common with the Bloomsbury Group; and an impoverished young couple from a lower-class background. The idealistic, intelligent sisters seek to help the struggling couple and to rid the capitalists of their deep-seated social and economic prejudices. Moderated by Beth


June 11

2020-21 Book Selection, and An American Marriage

Tayari Jones


Two newlyweds are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. How many of y'all can relate to a black couple in America ripped apart by a flawed justice system? Moderated by Jocelyn


July 9

Lost Children

Valeria Luiselli


A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. On the radio, there is news about an "immigration crisis": thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States, but getting detained – or lost in the desert along the way. The family is led to a grand, harrowing adventure – both in the desert landscape and within the chambers of each member’s own imagination. Moderated by Dick

List as of June 14, 2019






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