THIS SEASON: THE 2007 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
Tuesday, March 20th at 6pm: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
May 2018: The Gathering by Anne Enright
At the Shortlist Book Club, attendees read two books nominated for the same literary award: the winner, and one runner-up. Does the judges’ decision stand up to the test of time? And what can the two books tell us about the year that the prize was issued?
Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by an elite valuation firm. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his relationship with Erica shifting. And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love. An international bestseller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist catapulted Hamid to literary fame and spawned a film adaptation in 2012 directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair.
Attendees are expected to have read the novel (or most of it) in advance of the book club discussion. Paperback copies of The Reluctant Fundamentalist are available at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.