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, December 8, 2022: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Thursday, January 12, 2023: Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Thursday, February 9, 2023: I Will Die in a Foreign Land by Kalani Pickhart

Thursday, March 9, 2023: The Anomaly by Herve Le Tellier 
Thursday, April 13, 2023: Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

Previous Selections

November 2022: Saints at the River by Ron Rash

August 2022: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
September 2022: Let Him Go by Larry Watson
July 2022: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
June 2022: Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
May 2022: Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames
April 2022: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
March 2022: Close Range by Annie Proulx
February 2022: Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
November 2021: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
October 2021: Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
September 2021: Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
August 2021: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Gravel Heart: By the Winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature By Abdulrazak Gurnah Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781639730018
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 12th, 2021

From the winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature, a powerful story of exile, migration, and betrayal.


The Sentence: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671134
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2022

"Dazzling. . . . A hard-won love letter to readers and to booksellers, as well as a compelling story about how we cope with pain and fear, injustice and illness. One good way is to press a beloved book into another's hands. Read The Sentence and then do just that."—USA Today, Four Stars


Saints at the River: A Novel By Ron Rash Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312424916
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - July 1st, 2005

From a major voice in Southern literature comes award-winning author Ron Rash's Saints at the River, a novel about a town divided by the aftermath of a tragic accident--and the woman caught in the middle.


Let Him Go By Larry Watson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571311030
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 2nd, 2014

Now a Major Motion Picture from Focus Features, Starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane

The celebrated author of Montana 1948 returns to the American West in this riveting tale of familial love and its unexpected consequences.


Leave the World Behind: A Novel By Rumaan Alam Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062667649
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - November 23rd, 2021

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award (Fiction)

One of Barack Obama's Summer Reads


Manhattan Beach: A Novel By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476716749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - June 5th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A New York Times Notable Book

Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, Esquire, Vogue, The Washington Post, The Guardian,


The Hired Man By Aminatta Forna Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780802121929
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Published: Grove Press - October 14th, 2014

"Forna is a born storyteller. . . . Not since Remains of the Day has an author so skillfully revealed the way history's layers are often invisible to all but its participants. . . . Gorgeous."--John Freeman, The Boston Globe


The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel By Juliet Grames Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062862839
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Published: Ecco - April 28th, 2020

From Calabria to Connecticut: a sweeping family saga about sisterhood, secrets, Italian immigration, the American dream, and one woman's tenacious fight against her own fate


Klara and the Sun: A novel (Vintage International) By Kazuo Ishiguro Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780593311295
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Published: Vintage - March 1st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is “an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures ... a poignant meditation on love and loneliness” (The Associated Press).


Close Range: Wyoming Stories By Annie Proulx Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780684852225
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - February 10th, 2000

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author of The Shipping News and Accordion Crimes comes one of the most celebrated short story collections of our time.

Annie Proulx's masterful language and fierce love of Wyoming are evident in this collection of stories about loneliness, quick violence, and wrong kinds of love.


Migrations: A Novel By Charlotte McConaghy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250204035
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 6th, 2021

* INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER *

"Visceral and haunting" (New York Times Book Review) · "Hopeful" (Washington Post) · "Powerful" (Los Angeles Times) · "Thrilling" (TIME) · "Tantalizingly beautiful" (Elle) · "Suspenseful, atmospheric" (Vogue) · "Aching and poignant" (Guardian)
· "Gripping" (The Economist)


The Night Watchman: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WASHINGTON POST, NPR, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, KIRKUS, CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR


The Song of Achilles: A Novel By Madeline Miller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

A New York Times Bestseller

“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art….A book I could not put down.” —Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House


Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel By Kawai Strong Washburn Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250787316
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - March 2nd, 2021

WINNER OF THE 2020 PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL.


Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Charles Yu Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307948472
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Published: Vintage - November 17th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes "one of the funniest books of the year.... A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire" (The Washington Post).