The Lit House Book Club @ Duckworth's is the opportunity to hear writers talk about a book they love from a writer's perspective while enjoying dinner at one of Gloucester's finest restaurants. Participants are expected to be familiar with the feature book, as there will be open discussion during the event.
The Lit House Book Club--May 17
Writers Erin and Steve Almond will lead our discussion of Meg Wolitzer's The Wife.
Erin Almond celebrated the publication of her first novel, Witches’ Dance (Lanternfish Press) in October 2019. Also a short story writer, essayist and reviewer, her work has been published in The Boston Globe, Colorado Review, Normal School, Small Spiral Notebook, and on Cognoscenti.com, and The Rumpus.net. She is a graduate of the UC-Irvine MFA program and Wesleyan University, and a recipient of a St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artists Grant.
Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football as well as Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country and, most recently, William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life (Ig Publishing, 2019). For four years, Steve hosted the New York Times "Dear Sugars" podcast with his pal Cheryl Strayed. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. He also publishes crazy, DIY books.
"HERE are three words that land with a thunk: ''gender,'' ''writing'' and ''identity.'' Yet in ''The Wife,'' Meg Wolitzer has fashioned a light-stepping, streamlined novel from just these dolorous, bitter-sounding themes. Maybe that's because she's set them all smoldering: rage might be the signature emotion of the powerless, but in Wolitzer's hands, rage is also very funny.".~ from Claire Dederer's 2003 New York Times review of The Wife
"Wolitzer's crisp pacing and dry wit carry us headlong into a devastating message about the price of love and fame. If it's a story we've heard before, the tale is as resonant as ever in Wolitzer's hands." ~ from Publisher Weekly's April 2003 review of The Wife