Join our informal, facilitated discussions at 6:00 PM at Taj Palace Restaurant, 2710 W Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima.  Enjoy your choice of no-host beverages, appetizers, or full dinners while sharing your impression of the current book. Or just enjoy listening in if you haven’t read the book.  All are welcome!

November  14, 2017, Await Your Reply  by Dan Chaon  (This title originally scheduled for September.)

The lives of three strangers interconnect in unforeseen ways and with unexpected consequences in acclaimed author Dan Chaon’s gripping novel.

Miles Cheshire can’t stop searching for his troubled twin brother, Hayden, who has been missing for ten years. Hayden has covered his tracks skillfully, managing along the way to hold down various jobs and seem, to the people he meets, entirely normal. But some version of the truth is always concealed.

A few days after graduating from high school, Lucy Lattimore sneaks away from the small town of Pompey, Ohio, with her charismatic former history teacher. They arrive in Nebraska, in the middle of nowhere, at a long-deserted motel to figure out the next move on their path to a new life. But soon Lucy begins to feel quietly uneasy.

My whole life is a lie, thinks Ryan Schuyler, who receives some shocking news. In response, he hops on a bus and breaks loose from his existence, which suddenly seems abstract and tenuous. Presumed dead, Ryan decides to remake himself through unconventional and precarious means.

With the momentum of a thriller, Await Your Reply is an unforgettable novel in which pasts are invented and reinvented and the future is both seductively uncharted and perilously unmoored. 348 pgs.

January 9, 2017, Orhan’s Inheritance  by Aline Ohanesian (This title recommended by long-time Book Club member and avid reader, Dan Baris.)

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather, Kemal Turkoglu, who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs, is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But Kemal has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, an aging woman in a retirement home in Los Angeles. Intent on righting this injustice, Orhan unearths a story that, if told, has the power to undo the legacy upon which Orhan’s family is built, a story that could unravel his own future.

“To take the tumultuous history of Turks and Armenians in the early part of this century, and to tell the stories of families and lovers from the small everyday moments of life to the terrible journeys of death, to make a novel so engrossing and keep us awake–that is an accomplishment, and Aline Ohanesian’s first novel is such a wonderful accomplishment.” –Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon 

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May 2016