Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Twilight Book Club reads "Possession"

Join us on Tuesday, July 6th at 6:30 PM as the Twilight Book Club meets to discuss A. S. Byatt's Booker Prize winning novel Possession. A literary / historical romance with thought and substance, Byatt won a large audience with this meld of modern thriller and a 19th century exploration of human nature and values.

"Literary critics make natural detectives," says Maud Bailey, heroine of a mystery where the clues lurk in university libraries, old letters, and dusty journals. Together with Roland Michell, a fellow academic and accidental sleuth, Maud discovers a love affair between the two Victorian writers the pair has dedicated their lives to studying: Randolph Ash, a literary great long assumed to be a devoted and faithful husband, and Christabel La Motte, a lesser-known "fairy poetess" and chaste spinster. At first, Roland and Maud's discovery threatens only to alter the direction of their research, but as they unearth the truth about the long-forgotten romance, their involvement becomes increasingly urgent and personal. Desperately concealing their purpose from competing researchers, they embark on a journey that pulls each of them from solitude and loneliness, challenges the most basic assumptions they hold about themselves, and uncovers their unique entitlement to the secret of Ash and La Motte's passion.

The Twilight Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month and is open to all avid readers! Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Library, and copies of the book are available now at the Lane Library circulation desk.


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