Literary Fiction Book Club

The Literary Fiction Book Club has been meeting at Towne since the mid-2010s and is led by longtime Towne customer Kathy. The Literary Fiction Book Club reads exclusively fiction but across a variety of subgenres and most of the club’s selections have won prestigious literary awards and some have been New York Times and Indie Bestsellers. Selections are voted on by members of the group as a whole.

Literary Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm.

Upcoming Meetings and Selections
Thursday, November 12, 2020: The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen
Thursday, December 10, 2020: Orange World by Karen Russell

Previous Selections
October 2020: Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
September 2020: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
August 2020: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
July 2020: Improvement by Joan Silber
June 2020: Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
May 2020: Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth
April 2020: The Overstory by Richard Powers
March 2020: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
February 2020: There There by Tommy Orange
January 2020: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
December 2019: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Orange World and Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525566076
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2020

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
THE WASHINGTON POST • NPR • GOOD HOUSEKEEPING • FRESH AIR • THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS  LIT HUB • KIRKUS REVIEWS • LIBRARY JOURNAL • THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY


The Unseen Cover Image
By Roy Jacobsen, Don Shaw (Translator), Don Bartlett (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771963190
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Published: Biblioasis - April 21st, 2020

Shortlisted for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize

Shortlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award


Night Boat to Tangier Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911341
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Published: Anchor - July 7th, 2020

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:


The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345804341
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling follow-up to The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.
 


Disappearing Earth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525436225
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2020

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Finalist for The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award


Improvement Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640091139
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 21st, 2018

WINNER FOR THE 2018 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION

AUTHOR IS THE WINNER OF THE 2018 PEN/MALAMUD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE SHORT STORY


Killing Commendatore: A novel Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by), Ted Goossen (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525435761
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Published: Vintage - October 1st, 2019

When a thirty-something portrait painter is abandoned by his wife, he secludes himself in the mountain home of a world famous artist. One day, the young painter hears a noise from the attic, and upon investigation, he discovers a previously unseen painting.


Will and Testament: A Novel (Verso Fiction) Cover Image
By Vigdis Hjorth, Charlotte Barslund (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788733106
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Published: Verso Fiction - September 10th, 2019

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION


“The cumulative effect is hypnotic. Hjorth works finely parsed and brilliant variations on her unrelenting theme of familial mistrust and misunderstanding.” –New York Times


The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction
Winner of the William Dean Howells Medal
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Over One Year on the New York Times Bestseller List
A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of t


What We Were Promised Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316437196
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Published: Back Bay Books - August 6th, 2019

Set in modern Shanghai, a debut by a Chinese-American writer about a prodigal son whose unexpected return forces his newly wealthy family to confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises.


There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

“Powerful. . . .  a revelation.” —The New York Times 
 

“With a literary authority rare in a debut novel, it places Native American voices front and center before readers’ eyes.” —NPR/Fresh Air
 


Warlight (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525562962
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Published: Vintage - April 2nd, 2019

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
 
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book
 
An NPR Best Book of the Year
 


The Reluctant Fundamentalist Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156034029
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Published: Mariner Books - April 14th, 2008

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
A New York Times bestseller
A Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book


“Extreme times call for extreme reactions, extreme writing.