You are invited to read the novel, watch the film then discuss the classic The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.
Dr. Mark Schenker will lead the discussion.
Copies of the novel and the film will be available through the library to borrow for this discussion.
All are welcome to attend. Registration is not required.
You’re invited to join our discussion of Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Dr. Mark Schenker will lead the discussion.
One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.
Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.
When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.
Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.
Copies of the novel will be available at the library to borrow three weeks prior to the meeting date. All are welcome to attend this free discussion. No registration is required.