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Summer Book Club

Delaware Humanities is hosting a series of 3 online book discussions this summer! We will be providing a limited number of free copies to people who register for each discussion. If you are unable to participate in the Zoom conversations, we’ll also be posting discussion questions for each book in our Summer Book Club Facebook group. Stay up-to-date on book club news by subscribing to our newsletter and following @dehumanities on social media.

Upcoming Book Discussions:

June 17th: Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. They have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage, Yejide is still not pregnant. Then her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

July 15th: The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal

Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating. In gorgeous, ruminative prose, it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death. As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, The Heart mesmerized readers in France, where it has been hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star. With the precision of a surgeon and the language of a poet, de Kerangal has made a major contribution to both medicine and literature with an epic tale of grief, hope, and survival.

August 12th: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life – sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition—its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

[Book summaries provided by Amazon.com]