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If interested in participating in our book discussion group,
please contact Librarian Augie Webb at 415-289-4121, x501 or awebb@ci.sausalito.ca.us

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1st Monday Book Group
1st Mondays, 2:30pm
Next: August 1
Conference Room

(main floor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we're reading:
Family Life
Akhil Sharma

From Amazon:
Hailed as a "supreme storyteller" (Philadelphia Inquirer) for his "cunning, dismaying and beautifully conceived" fiction (New York Times), Akhil Sharma is possessed of a narrative voice "as hypnotic as those found in the pages of Dostoyevsky" (The Nation). In his highly anticipated second novel, Family Life, he delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision.

We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family’s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.

Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.


Past novels have included:
Family Life, Akhil Sharma
Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian
My Antonia, Willa Cather
Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
Look Who's Back, Timur Vermes
Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf
The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
Close to Home, Peter Robinson
The Bone People, Keri Hulme
The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
Stoner, John Williams
Becoming Jane Eyre, Sheila Kohler
Shadow Tag, Louise Erdrich
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
Miss New India, Bharati Mukherjee
Lila, Marilynne Robinson
Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald
White Dog Fell From the Sky, Eleanor Morse
Embers, Sandor Marai
The Whistling Season, Ivan Doig
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
An Unnecessary Woman,Rabih Alameddine
Franny & Zooey
, J.D. Salinger
Orphan Master's Son
, Adam Johnson
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, Reif Larsen
The Sound of Things Falling, Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Identity, Milan Kundera
Surfacing, Margaret Atwood
The Sea-Wolf, Jack London
The All of It, Jeannette Haien
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
Fools, Joan Silber
Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier
The Son, Phillip Meyer
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
The Reader, Bernard Schink
The Day of the Locust, Nathaneal West
A Woman in Jerusalem, A.B. Yehoshua
Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell
The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve
Regeneration, Pat Barker
The Stranger, Albert Camus
The Statement, Brian Moore
Hunger, Elise Blackwell
To Siberia, Per Petterson
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Brian Moore
July's People, Nadine Gordimer
An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Music of a Life, Andrei Makine
Comedy in a Minor Key, Hans Keilson
Being Dead, Jim Crace
Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
Samurai's Garden, Gail Tsukiyama
Ignorance, Milan Kundera
Crow Lake,  Mary Lawson
Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Music of a Life, Andrei Makine

 

 

Last updated: 7/11/2016 2:24:07 PM