The fiction book club here at TPL will be meeting on the last Wednesday of the month throughout 2024.

The main goal of the book club is to break you out of your comfort zone, the genre of the book selected alternating frequently, and sometimes reading books around a central theme. We might read a genre you never thought about picking up before! Different outlooks and reading histories will inspire our conversations, reflecting on similar themes and character dynamics that appear in these various settings, writing styles, and genres; embarking us on a journey to explore the vast diversity that is the book world!

No registration required. Copies of each title are available at the circulation desk approximately one month before each meeting.  Drop in to any meeting regardless of prior attendance or completion of the book (though there will be spoilers in our discussions). Email [email protected] with any questions.

2024 Schedule

The next three book selections will all center around the theme of : Retellings

April 24th at 6:30pm

In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune (Pinocchio retelling)

Genre: Science Fiction/LGBT/Retelling

In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots–fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They’re a family, hidden and safe.
The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled “HAP,” he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio-a past spent hunting humans.
When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio’s former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic’s assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming.
Along the way to save Gio, amid conflicted feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, Vic must decide for himself: Can he accept love with strings attached?

May 29th at 6:30pm

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller (Cinderella retelling)

Genre: Historical Fiction/Retelling/Fairy Tale

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?
As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, a woman who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. But what unfolds is not the princess’s history. The tale Agnes recounts is her own.
Danielle Teller’s All the Ever Afters challenges our assumptions and forces us to reevaluate what we think we know. Exploring the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, this lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive novel shows us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound—and ultimately more precious—truth about our lives than the ideal of “happily ever after.”

June 26th at 6:30pm

This month, there are two Novella options. Both are retellings of The Little Mermaid. You can choose one or read both.

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Genre: SciFi/Fantasy/Retelling

The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society—and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future.

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw

Genre: Horror/Fantasy/Retelling

You may think you know how the fairytale goes: a mermaid comes to shore and weds the prince. But what the fables forget is that mermaids have teeth. And now, her daughters have devoured the kingdom and burned it to ashes.

On the run, the mermaid is joined by a mysterious plague doctor with a darkness of their own. Deep in the eerie, snow-crusted forest, the pair stumble upon a village of ageless children who thirst for blood, and the three ‘saints’ who control them.

The mermaid and her doctor must embrace the cruellest parts of their true nature if they hope to survive.

THEME : CLASSICS

The next two book selections will both center around the theme of : Classics

July 31st at 6:30pm

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Genre: Gothic/Fantasy/Classic

Oscar Wilde’s only novel is the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty.
In this celebrated work Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde’s most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.

August 28th at 6:30pm

1984 by George Orwell

Genre: SciFi/Dystopia/Classic

The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwells’ prophetic nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of negative Utopia, an original and powerful novel that creates a startling world. Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities. Orwell’s best-known work of unrelenting dystopian realism warns against totalitarianism.
The story is told from the point of view of Winston Smith, a functionary of the Ministry of Truth whose work involved the “correction” of all records each time the “Big Brother” decided that the truth had changed.

Optional further reading: 1984: The Graphic Novel by George Orwell

September 25th at 6:30pm

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

October 30th at 6:30pm

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

November 27th at 6:30pm

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See

*NO DECEMBER MEETING DUE TO HOLIDAY*

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