Short Story Collection Discussed on April 30th
The Stratford Library “Books Over Coffee” program continues its 2014 winter/spring series with a discussion of Tom Perrotta’s new collection of short stories, Nine Inches on Wednesday, April 30th at noon. The monthly program, free and open to the public, is hosted by Stratford educator and author Kathleen Faggella.
Nine Inches explores moments of turmoil and rupture in the suburbs, themes the author of Little Children and The Leftovers knows very well. Each story steps inside the lives of upstanding middle-class people, characters who are fundamentally privileged, not just because they attend strong public schools in affluent neighborhoods or have decent careers, but because they belong to a community, with families, neighbors and friends. Unfortunately, they can’t always hold on to their good fortune. A recurring element in the stories is the one wrong move a character makes — blowing off college applications, committing adultery — that turns an Edenic life into a postlapsarian hell. With a single misstep, a person can find himself alone, tunneling down into some underground economy, dealing drugs or cheating on the SATs. But the worst consequence of all, for Perrotta’s protagonists, is to have lost their place in the social order of their hometown.
“Books Over Coffee” will be held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room beginning at noon on April 30th. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch to the program and coffee and tea is also served. Limited reading copies of Nine Inches are currently available for loan at the library’s Check-Out Desk. All “Books Over Coffee” titles are also available on Kindle and Nook eReaders for loan. A complete list of all the 2014 discussion titles is available
Discussion at noon, Lovell Room.
Discussion leader: Kathy Faggella.
For further information call the Public Relations and Programming Office at: 203.385.4162.
May 28 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
June 25 - Identical by Scott Turow
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