Reader's Circle Book Club

Reader's Circle is a library-sponsored book club meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Open to all adult readers, we read one book per month, feature a variety of adult fiction, and sometimes include a biography that reads like narrative fiction. The book club meetings are about one hour. Author visits and special events may be scheduled. Contact Info: Linda Engelke @ (909) 477-2720, x3963

October Selection:

My Brilliant Friend

By  Elena Ferrante

 
Meeting date:
 Thursday,  October 18 at 6:30 pm

Location: Archibald Library Story Theater


About the Book:

Book one in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends growing up in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted family epic by Italy’s most beloved and acclaimed writer, Elena Ferrante, “one of the great novelists of our time.” (Roxana Robinson, The New York Times)

Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Ferrante’s four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its protagonists, the fiery and unforgettable Lila, and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflictual friendship. Book one in the series follows Lila and Elena from their first fateful meeting as ten-year-olds through their school years and adolescence. 

Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists.

“An intoxicatingly furious portrait of enmeshed friends,” writes Entertainment Weekly. “Spectacular,” says Maureen Corrigan on NPR’s Fresh Air. “A large, captivating, amiably peopled bildungsroman,” writes James Wood in The New Yorker.

Ferrante is one of the world’s great storytellers. With My Brilliant Friend, she has given her readers an abundant, generous, and masterfully plotted page-turner that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight readers for many generations to come.

Upcoming Selections:

November 15, 2018 - A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness