OFF-SITE EVENT: FancyFree (71 Lafayette Ave.)
Tuesday, January 16, 7:00 PM (note updated time!)
Fiction Book Group with Alexis
Discussing The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
Led by former Greenlight general manager Alexis and hosted by our neighbors at Angelina Bakery, our fiction book group meets monthly to discuss paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For January, the group discusses Yoko Ogawa's The Memory Police, a haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance. On an unnamed island, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses. . . . Most of the inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few able to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten. When a young writer discovers that her editor is in danger, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards, and together they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.
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