EVENING BOOK CLUB
The WLS Evening Book Club is a very simple affair, open to all. Here’s how to join:
Borrow one of our library copies free of charge.
Hop online from 7-8 p.m. each First Wednesday for some great conversation!
New to book clubs? Come join us! There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of talking about something you just read with some nice folks who’ve read it, too.
We hold our meetings on Zoom, so you can join us right from your favourite reading chair. New to Zoom? It’s easy—we’ll help you connect.
Any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Readers of the Wairarapa, you are never alone!
Wednesday 6 July: Something New Under the Sun
The Blurb: “Novelist Patrick Hamlin has come to Los Angeles to oversee the film adaptation of one of his books and try to impress his wife and daughter back home with this last-ditch attempt at professional success. But California is not as he imagined. Drought, wildfire, and corporate corruption are everywhere, and the company behind a mysterious new brand of synthetic water seems to be at the root of it all. Patrick finds an unlikely partner in Cassidy Carter—the cynical starlet of his film—and the two investigate the sun-scorched city, where they discover the darker side of all that glitters in Hollywood.”
A profile of Kleeman in the New York Times: “I have a funny relationship to the idea of realism.”
A review in the Guardian noting Kleeman’s interest in the book’s nonhuman elements, including “the plastic taste of soft furnishings in a carpet beetle’s mouth.”
An interview where Kleeman talks about how the book grapples with the intertwining myths of Hollywood and the American West.
Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro.
“‘Sometimes,’ she said, ‘at special moments like that, people feel a pain alongside their happiness. I’m glad you watch everything so carefully, Klara.’”
Strange Beasts of China, by Yan Ge.
“‘My mother used to tell me, ‘You can’t be sure that beasts aren’t people, or that people aren’t just another type of beast.’”
Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K. Reilly
"There comes a time of night when it becomes okay to sit on the ground, even away from parks and boulders and other natural sitting spots."
Lea Ypi, Free: Coming of Age at the End of History
“When you see a system change once, it’s not that difficult to believe that it can change again."
Sue Orr, Loop Tracks
"The first time I got on an aeroplane, I was sixteen years old and pregnant."
“This is a female text, written in the twenty-first century. How late it is. How much has changed. How little.”
“Maybe we’re just born to love and worry about the people we know, and to go on loving and worrying even when there are more important things we should be doing. And if that means the human species is going to die out, isn’t it in a way the nicest reason to die out, the nicest reason you can imagine?”