Laura has about 30 days to write a novel before the calendar strikes September. And me? I have about 59 minutes to write an announcement about our next book club before the clock strikes twelve.
When I first read The Novelist ( I say first because I’ve read it more than once), I was struck by dichotomies–the way L.L. Barkat wove truth and fiction seamlessly, the way things that didn’t make sense made sense, the way both yes and no could be equally powerful, the way poetry insinuated itself into a work of fiction. It was, as the main character herself said, “more of a thing and less of a thing.”
I’ve been struck by those same things with each subsequent reading, but also with the artful and intricate layering of the story-truth so deeply embedded into the pages.
I am delighted to announce that our next Tweetspeak book club title is The Novelist. We’ll begin on Wednesday, November 28, for a three-week series based loosely on a set of discussion questions developed by readers.
The Novelist is a book that can be read in a sitting or two (maybe three, if you’re having trouble finding your tea basket). So we encourage you to read the entire novella before our first discussion, and consider the first group of questions on the discussion guide.
Now: get the book if you haven’t already, download the discussion guide, and brew your favorite tea. Then, meet us back here around the coffee table in the Tweetspeak living room on November 28. I’ll get us a nice fire going.
Download the discussion guide.
Read the first chapter online.