Arlington 55+ Book Club: 'Hamnet"
We meet online on the first Friday of the month to discuss an eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction.
This book club is hosted in partnership with the Arlington's Office of Senior Adult Programs.
Until further notice, this group will meet via Zoom. For the Zoom meeting information, register for the group's email list. Registrants will be sent the Zoom meeting information by email one day before the meeting. We welcome new members to join us in reading and discussing current literary fiction, historical fiction and some nonfiction titles.
This is a volunteer-run group. The volunteer who leads the group will email a link to the Zoom meeting.
About this month's title: "Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell
"... a short, piercing, deeply moving novel about the death of Shakespeare's 11-year-old son Hamnet - a name interchangeable with Hamlet in 15th century Britain - and the years leading up to the production of his great play...A young Latin tutor - penniless and bullied by a violent father - falls in love with an eccentric young woman who walks her family's estate with a falcon on her shoulder and is known throughout the countryside for her unusual gifts as a healer. Agnes understands plants and potions better than she does people, but once she settles with her husband on Henley Street in Stratford she becomes a fiercely protective mother and a steadfast, centrifugal force in the life of her young husband, whose gifts as a writer are just beginning to awaken when his beloved young son succumbs to bubonic plague. A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of the story that inspired one of the greatest masterpieces of all time..."
We are reading:
- Jan. 7: "Hidden Life of Trees" by Peter Wohlleben
- Feb. 4: "Less" by Andrew Sean Greer
- Mar. 4: "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson
- Apr. 1: "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi
- May 6: "Nothing is True and Everything is Possible" by Peter Pomerantsev
- Jun. 3: "Blunders" by Charles N. Toftoy (local author)
- Jul. 1: "Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell
For more information contact email@example.com or 703-228-5954.
- Friday, July 1, 2022
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Arlington Public Library