We’re all about summer reads for our September book, because it will have to entertain you over our summer break! We have two books lined up for you to choose from, but we would love to hear any other recommendations as well!
The Vacationers by Emma Straub is a summer book about a summer vacation. We’re so on the nose with this one! For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated. This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together.
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay is about a woman who’s been kidnapped for ransom. Mireille Duval Jameson was living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, an infant son and by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents. An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places.
Vote on the book you would most like to read, especially if you can’t make it to our next meeting!