Monday Evening Book Club October Selection


The Monday Evening Drop-In Book Club will meet at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 22 in the second floor Training Room to discuss My Brilliant Friend, a novel by Elena Ferrante.

About the book

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. (Publisher)

About the author

Ferrante is the pseudonymous author of three previous works of critically acclaimed fiction: The Days of AbandonmentTroubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. With My Brilliant Friend – the first of four Neopolitan novels – she proves herself to be one of Italy’s great storytellers. She has given her readers a masterfully plotted page-turner, abundant and generous in its narrative details and characterizations, that is also a stylish work of literary fiction destined to delight her many fans and win new readers to her fiction. The other three novels in the Neopolitan series are The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child.

Based on published interviews, Ferrante claims to have been born in 1943 in Naples, Italy.

Book Reviews to Inspire You for the Last Week of the Reading Game!

The last day to spin the Summer Reading Game wheel is Sunday August 16, and the last day to get your entries in is Tuesday August 18! Get those entries in for the Grand Prize of a Kobo Aura eReader.

To help with your final reading choices, here are a couple patron book reviews:

RuRu by Kim Thúy

“An autobiographical story of a Vietnamese Canadian, told in ultra-short scenes (vignettes), using poetic language. I can’t decide if I like this book or not. Maybe I read this book too fast, as the language sometimes felt choppy and the scenes too scattered. I may need to give it another try.”  ~Patron review, August 2015

Category: Fiction in Translation

**Kim Thúy will be coming to St. Albert Library on October 28 as part of STARFest 2015**

6257535New York by Edward Rutherfurd

“As the characters develop I found it interesting to grow with them and learn how history impacted them. I appreciated how the author introduced different characters, different cultures and tied them to a significant historical event. I did find it tough to remember all the linkages and felt it sometimes digresses. Overall enjoyed it.” ~Patron review, August 2015

Category: Historical Fiction