Book Club: The book for Tuesday, August 20th is “Hotel du Lac” (1984) by Anita Brookner. We will meet at 6 pm in the Local History Room.
This novel won Anita Brookner the prestigious Booker Prize. She was born in London in 1928 and died in 2016. The main character of Hotel du Lac is middle-aged Edith Hope, best-selling author of romance novels. She is an industrious woman with literary sensibilities. She becomes a social and an emotional outcast who escapes to the secluded Hotel du Lac in Switzerland.
While at Hotel du Lac, Edith naturally falls into reevaluating her own understanding of femininity, sex, and love. By the end of the novel, Hope has come to a new acceptance of what she wants from life on her return to London. Brookner’s themes often deal with independence and negotiating one’s place in the world, a haunting loneliness and the exploration of her characters’ complex emotions.
Join us for a lively discussion of this literary work. For more information, consult: