Online – Reading Great Modern Novels Study Group

June 24, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Online: Reading Great Modern Novels Group – Year 3

Please join us for Year Three of the Reading Great Modern Novels Group! This is an informal discussion group of committed readers who want to better understand each book’s history, context, assumptions, and resonance. Free and open to the public. Meets on Zoom.

This group will meet for 90 minutes every two or three Thursdays from January 7 to June 24, 10-11:30am. Group members can expect to read one novel (or its equivalent) every two or three weeks, and members of the group will share responsibility for introducing books and leading discussions. Books can be requested from any of the Island libraries.

Philip Weinstein, a well-known and highly respected literature teacher on our Island and Professor Emeritus at Swarthmore College, is the co-organizer of this discussion group. Phil will not lecture or formally teach the group, but he will be an active member.

Space is limited. If you are interested in becoming a member in this group, please contact co-organizer Jeff Nason. You can reach Jeff at 617-285-3160 or

Reading list:
Jan. 7, Ann Patchett, Bel Canto.
Jan. 21, W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz.
Feb. 11, Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections.
March 4, Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge and Olive, Again.
March 18, Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad.
April 8, Kate Atkinson, Life After Life.
April 29, Rachel Cusk, Outline/Transit/Kudos trilogy.
May 13, Nicole Krause, Forest Dark.
May 27, Jesmyn Ward, Sing Unburied Sing.
June 10, Colum McCann, Apeirogon.
June 24, Elena Ferrante, The Lying Life of Adults.