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, October 14, 2021: Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Thursday, November 11, 2021: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Previous Selections
September 2021: Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
August 2021: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
July 2021: Spring by Ali Smith
June 2021: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
May 2021: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
April 2021: Deacon King Kong by James McBride
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

The Night Watchman: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671196
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WASHINGTON POST, AMAZON, NPR, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, KIRKUS, CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF 2020


The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
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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 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250787316
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Published: Picador - March 2nd, 2021

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


Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) 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, a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play.


Spring: A Novel (Seasonal Quartet) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101969960
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Published: Anchor - April 7th, 2020

From Man Booker Prize Finalist Ali Smith comes the third novel in her Seasonal Quartet—a New York Times Notable Book and longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020


The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062963680
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

New York Times Bestseller | A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick | New York Times Book Review Notable Book | TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019


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The Nightingale: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250080400
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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
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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