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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


2019  Selections             


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

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



May 9

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


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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