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--Sept. 15
Writer Sandra Lim will lead our discussion of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Lim is the author of The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and a previous collection of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). A 2015 Pushcart Prize winner, she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Jentel Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Boston Review, VOLT, Literary Imagination, and The New York Times. Lim was born in Seoul, Korea, and is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
"Persuasion is a book about longed-for and impossible return. It is, in that sense, a ghost story...Like The Winter's Tale it is about love restored against all likelihood. It is as if the beloved dead come back...The work is both domestic and uncanny, offering to...the reader at last paradisal relief. In the midst of spry comedy, wit and character-sketches runs an unstanchable river of need; need that is finally and astonishingly satisfied." ~ from Gillian Beer's "Introduction" in the Penguin Classics edition of Persuasion