Fiction Book Club - First Meeting! "The Intuitionist" by Colson Whitehead

Fiction Book Club - First Meeting!

Following in the tradition of our longstanding Lit Syndicate club, our new Fiction Book Club will meet monthly to discuss a wide array of literary fiction. With an eclectic mix of authors, themes, periods, and styles, this group will explore both classic and contemporary literature. Join us for friendly discussions on the second Tuesday of each month. For questions about this club, email Matt at matt@unabridgedbookstore.com.

The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead on Tuesday, February 11th at 7pm.

It is a time of calamity in a major metropolitan city's Department of Elevator Inspectors, and Lila Mae Watson, the first black female elevator inspector in the history of the department, is at the center of it. There are two warring factions within the department: the Empiricists, who work by the book and dutifully check for striations on the winch cable and such; and the Intuitionists, who are simply able to enter the elevator cab in question, meditate, and intuit any defects. Lila Mae is an Intuitionist and, it just so happens, has the highest accuracy rate in the entire department. But when an elevator in a new city building goes into total freefall on Lila Mae's watch, chaos ensues. It's an election year in the Elevator Guild, and the good-old-boy Empiricists would love nothing more than to assign the blame to an Intuitionist. But Lila Mae is never wrong. The sudden appearance of excerpts from the lost notebooks of Intuitionism's founder, James Fulton, has also caused quite a stir. The notebooks describe Fulton's work on the "black box," a perfect elevator that could reinvent the city as radically as the first passenger elevator did when patented by Elisha Otis in the nineteenth century. When Lila Mae goes underground to investigate the crash, she becomes involved in the search for the portions of the notebooks that are still missing and uncovers a secret that will change her life forever.  This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. The Intuitionist was nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

Colson Whitehead is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad. His other works include The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A National Book Award winner and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

 

 
The Intuitionist: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385493000
Availability: On Our Shelves Now, Please Call to Confirm!
Published: Anchor - January 4th, 2000

Event date: 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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