Tuesday 25 June at 17:30 in the Members Bar

The next Book Club meeting is just a few days away, but there’s still time to start reading!

We will be discussing “Tom Lake”, a beautiful and moving novel about family, love, and growing up, Ann Patchett once again proves herself one of United State’s finest writers.

In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return to the family’s orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she shared both a stage and a romance years before at a theatre company called Tom Lake. As Lara recalls the past, her daughters examine their own lives and relationship with their mother and are forced to reconsider the world and everything they thought they knew.

Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart. As in all of her novels, Ann Patchett combines compelling narrative artistry with piercing insights into family dynamics. The result is a rich and luminous story, told with profound intelligence and emotional subtlety, that demonstrates once again why she is one of the most revered and acclaimed literary talents working today.

This compelling tale — with a touch of mystery and the emotional weight of memoir — explores sexuality, guilt, and the boundaries of self.Washington Independent

“In “Tom Lake,” Patchett returns to a familiar subject: the ambivalent interpersonal dynamics of closed groups.The New Yorkers

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