This month: fantasy
The Genre Book Club meets on alternating months to discuss a novel from one of a number of literary genres. On January 4th, the Club will discuss N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning novel, The Fifth Season.
Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
The discussion will be complemented by light snacks and refreshments. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies of The Fifth Season can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration for the Club is not required.