September’s book selection, Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America” gave us a lot to think about. All of us who attended (and those who emailed comments) agreed that this was a high-quality book written by one of America’s pre-eminent novelist, and gave it high ratings (from 8 to 10). Many of you expressed interest in reading other novels written by Roth.
The novel, often described as an altered historical reality, was frightening in its description of both autobiographical details and political events. In our discussions, we tried to keep the focus not so much on the politics as the effect of the politics on the Roth family unit, but the similarities between Lindberg’s America and our present environment were hard to ignore. Many of you commented on similarities between what was experienced by the Jewish community in the United States and present day attacks on minority groups. Still, we agreed that the force of the book came not so much from the grand political events but the more intimate family details. The novel opened with this sentence, “Fear presides over these memories”, and ended with the last chapter titled “Perpetual Fear” – and brought home the truth that fears once experienced, especially during childhood, never quite leaves us.
The book club meets next on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 7 PM – a little earlier than usual to accommodate the Thanksgiving holidays. Book Club Members want to celebrate the 7th year of our book club – we first met in November 2011! The plan was to bring food to the meeting – if you so choose. Bring whatever you want, and let’s not fuss about who brings what.
The next book (selected from Bella Hayes-Roth’s wish list from more than a year ago) is Diksha Basu’s “The Windfall”. It appears to be a light-hearted comedy about newly-rich Indians and received good reviews.
See you all in November!