On the last Sunday evening of every month, Nina Collins hosts the Revel Book Club! You can join virtually at 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST. Below you’ll find our picks for the first 6 months of 2022, as well as links to register for our monthly virtual discussions.
We encourage members to join us reading these monthly books, whether you can join us for the Sunday gathering or not! Consider hosting your own, perhaps even in your living room!
Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Sentence, is a wickedly funny ghost story that asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader, and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted by the store's most annoying customer, set against the background of all that happened in Minneapolis during 2020, a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning. Read this Q&A for a taste.
A beautifully written short book about life after losing a loved one. Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her. She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves--lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a soundtrack--but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.
Small Pleasures is a drily witty historical novel set in 1950s England, and it was longlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize for Fiction. Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper in the southeast suburbs of London. Clever but with limited career opportunities and on the brink of forty, Jean lives a dreary existence that includes caring for her demanding widowed mother, who rarely leaves the house. It's a small life with little joy and no likelihood of escape. That all changes when a young woman contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Jean seizes onto the bizarre story and sets out to discover whether the woman is a miracle or a fraud.
Witty historical fiction based on a true story by the author of Atmospheric Disturbances.
The story begins in 1618, in the German duchy of Württemberg. Plague is spreading. The Thirty Years' War has begun, and fear and suspicion are in the air throughout the Holy Roman Empire. In the small town of Leonberg, Katharina Kepler is accused of being a witch.
From award-winning author Asali Solomon, The Days of Afrekete is a tender, surprising novel of two women at midlife who rediscover themselves—and perhaps each other, inspired by Mrs. Dalloway, Sula, and Audre Lorde's Zami.
A study of female fate and male privilege, the geometries of human relationships, and the moral questions that animate our lives. A woman invites a famous artist to use her guesthouse in the remote coastal landscape where she lives with her family. Powerfully drawn to his paintings, she believes his vision might penetrate the mystery at the center of her life. But as a long, dry summer sets in, his provocative presence itself becomes an enigma―and disrupts the calm of her secluded household.
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