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Greenlight Fiction Book Group discusses Netherland by Joseph ONeill With special appearance by the author
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
7:30pm – 8:30pm |
Led by Greenlight staff, this book group discusses paperback fiction; in 2012, the group is focusing on award winners and under-the-radar gems. For September, the book group will discuss Joseph ONeills novel Netherland, winner of the 2009 Pen/Faulkner award for fiction. In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, and left alone after his English wife and son return to London, Hans van den Broek stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian named Chuck Ramkissoon, begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country. As the two men share their vastly different experiences of contemporary immigrant life in America, an unforgettable portrait emerges of an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality. Author Joseph O'Neill will join the group toward the end of the discussion to answer questions and sign books.