Reston Book Club
2:15–3:40, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, and Nov. 9
United Christian Parish
Coordinators: Luci Martel, Nancy Scheeler
This is a book discussion club for OLLI members who find it convenient to meet on the OLLI Reston campus. The purpose is to focus on serious contemporary fiction, primarily—but not limited to—works by American or UK authors. We will avoid current best sellers and look for good novels on the long lists, short lists, and winner lists of the US National Book Award and the UK Man Booker prize and other major prizes. We will discuss the following:
? Sept. 21: The Door by Magda Szabo, translated by Len Rix. This is the best- known novel by one of Hungary’s most important writers. It is an intense character study of a writer and her maid that, as Claire Messud in The New York Times said, “exposes the rich inadequacies of human communication even as it evokes the agonies of Hungary’s recent history.”
? Oct. 19: Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee. This novel won South African Coetzee his second Booker Prize. He has also won the Nobel Prize for Literature. A father and his daughter struggle to maintain their relationship amid the racial complexities of South Africa.
? Nov. 9: The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes, which is about Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich. As the publisher states, this novel is a “stunning portrait of a relentlessly fascinating man and a brilliant exploration of the meaning of art and its place in society.”