Elliott Bay Book Group

Join this lively monthly discussion group that focuses on discovering the wealth of published fiction and non-fiction. Readers are invited to join as a regular monthly participant or to drop in for any of the featured titles as time and interest allow.

Cat's Eye Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385491020
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - January 20th, 1998

September 2018

Cat's Eye


Cat's Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman--but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories. Disturbing, hilarious, and compassionate, Cat's Eye is a breathtaking novel of a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life.

Tuesday, September 4th at 6:30 PM

Near to the Wild Heart (Ndp; 1225) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translator), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
ISBN: 9780811220026
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 13th, 2012

October 2018

Near to the Wild Heart


This new translation of Clarice Lispector's sensational first book tells the story of a middle class woman's life from childhood through an unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence.

Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30 PM

Jude the Obscure Cover Image
By Thomas Hardy, Dennis Taylor (Introduction by), Dennis Taylor (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140435382
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 1st, 1998

November 2018

Jude the Obscure


Jude Fawley's hopes of a university education are lost when he is trapped into marrying the earthy Arabella, who later abandons him. Moving to the town of Christminster where he finds work as a stonemason, Jude meets and falls in love with his cousin Sue Bridehead, a sensitive, freethinking "New Woman." Refusing to marry merely for the sake of religious convention, Jude and Sue decide instead to live together, but they are shunned by society and poverty soon threatens to ruin them. Jude the Obscure, Hardy's last novel, caused a public furor when it was first published, with its fearless and challenging exploration of class and sexual relationships.

Tuesday, November 6th at 6:30 PM

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By Bruce Chatwin, Rory Stewart (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780142422571
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 26th, 2012

December 2018

The Songlines


Part adventure, part novel of ideas, part spiritual autobiography, The Songlines is one of Bruce Chatwin's most famous books. Set in the desolate lands of the Australian Outback, it tells the story of Chatwin's search for the source and meaning of the ancient "dreaming tracks" of the Aborigines--the labyrinth of invisible pathways by which their ancestors "sang" the world into existence. This singular book, which was a New York Times bestseller when it was published in 1987, engages all of Chatwin's lifelong passions, including his obsession with travel, his interest in the nomadic way of life, and his hunger to understand man's origins and nature.

Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30 PM