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Fiction Book Club: "The Great Perhaps" by Joe Meno

Join our Fiction Book Club in a monthly meeting 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. This year the Unabridged Fiction Book Club will be exploring the literary heritage of Chicago! We will be focusing on novels written by Chicagoans, set in the city, or those that add to our understanding of Chicago's history and culture. For questions about this book club, email Matt at matt@unabridgedbookstore.com.

The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The Great Perhaps  by Joe Meno on Wednesday, August 11th, 2021 at 7:30pm.

A breakout new novel from the critically acclaimed novelist and playwright Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned.

The sky is falling for the Caspers, a family of cowards: for Jonathan, a paleontologist, searching in vain for a prehistoric giant squid; for his wife, Madeline, an animal behaviorist with a failing experiment; for their daughter, Amelia, a disappointed teenage revolutionary; for her younger sister, Thisbe, on a frustrated search for God; and for grandfather Henry, who wants to disappear, limiting himself to eleven words a day, then ten, then nine… Each fears uncertainty and the possibilities that accompany it. When Jonathan and Madeline suddenly decide to separate, this nuclear family is split, each member forced to confront his or her own cowardice, finally coming to appreciate the cloudiness of the modern age.

With wit and humor, The Great Perhaps presents a revealing look at anxiety, ambiguity, and the need for complicated answers to complex questions.

Winner of a Nelson Algren Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a finalist for the 2008 Story Prize, Joe Meno has written two short story collections and four novels, including Hairstyles of the Damned and The Great Perhaps. He teaches creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago.

 
The Great Perhaps: A Novel Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780393304565
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 12th, 2010

Event date: 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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