Thursday, May 28, 2009

June Book Club Pick!

Farley's is excited to announce our June book club selection! This month, we'll be reading the Selden Edwards's The Little Book.

Thirty years in the writing, Selden Edwards's dazzling first novel is an irresistible triumph of the imagination. Wheeler Burden--banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legend's son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero--one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897. Before long, Wheeler acquires a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young woman, and encounters everyone from an eight-year-old Adolf Hitler to Mark Twain, and even the young members of his own family. Solving the riddle of Wheeler's dislocation in time will ultimately reveal nothing short of one eccentric family's unrivaled impact upon the course of human history.

“A wide-ranging novel of grand ideas... a graceful waltz of a book, spinning at times at dizzying speed, but leaving behind a haunting, unforgettable melody.” ~ New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Edwards has great fun with time travel paradoxes and anachronisms, but the real romance in this book is with the period. ... This novel ends up a sweet, wistful elegy to the fantastic promise and failed hopes of the 20th century." ~ Publisher's Weekly

Please join us on Tuesday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m. for some good company, great conversation, and, as always, light refreshments as well. See you then!

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