Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 PM ET
Fiction Book Group with Alexis discusses An Unnecessary Woman
Led (virtually!) by Greenlighter Alexis, our fiction book group discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For October, the group discusses National Book Critics Circle Award and National Book Award finalist An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. This breathtaking portrait of one reclusive woman's late-life crisis garnered a wave of rave reviews and love letters to Alameddine's cranky yet charming septuagenarian protagonist, Aaliya. Aaliya's insightful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and her volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left. Here, the gifted Rabih Alameddine has given us a nuanced rendering of one woman's life in the Middle East and an enduring ode to literature and its power to define who we are.