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, April 8, 2021: Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Thursday, May 13, 2021: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Previous Selections
March 2021: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
February 2021: Eight Months on Ghazzah Street by Hilary Mantel
January 2021: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
December 2020: Orange World by Karen Russell
November 2020: The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen
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

Staff Pick Badge
The Nightingale: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250080400
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 25th, 2017

A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation.


Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735216730
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction
 
Winner of the Gotham Book Prize

One of Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of the Year"

Oprah's Book Club Pick

Named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and TIME Magazine

Washington Post Notable Novel


Flights Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525534204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
 
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE

A visionary work of fiction by "A writer on the level of W. G. Sebald" (Annie Proulx)


Eight Months on Ghazzah Street: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312422899
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Picador - September 1st, 2003

When Frances Shore moves to Saudi Arabia, she settles in a nondescript sublet, sure that common sense and an open mind will serve her well with her Muslim neighbors. But in the dim, airless flat, Frances spends lonely days writing in her diary, hearing the sounds of sobs through the pipes from the floor above, and seeing the flitting shadows of men on the stairwell.


The Other Americans: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436034
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Published: Vintage - March 17th, 2020

***2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST***
Winner of the Arab American Book Award in Fiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Fiction
Finalist for the California Book Award
Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize
A Los Angeles Times bestseller


Orange World and Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525566076
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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​ - Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel The Unseen is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read.―Eileen Battersby, Irish Times


Night Boat to Tangier Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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

The national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book about a young single mother living in New York, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that have unexpected implications for the world around them from one of America's most gifted writers of fiction, our own country's Alice Munro (The Washington Post).


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

A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art, Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.


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