Next Meeting:  Sunday, March 27th at 5:15 p.m.

Colum McCann's "Let The Great World Spin"


Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century.” A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a “fiercely original talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal.Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth.
Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.
In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people.

followed by

April - Dave Eggers' "Zeitoun"

May - Gregory David Roberts' "Shantaram"

The Perfect Book Club

If you'd like to join us, please e-mail and we'll make sure there's a chair waiting for you!! You'll find that link at the bottom of the page.

Our first meeting on September 26th was a rousing success. We tackled Chris Cleave's "Little Bee" and enjoyed wonderful, lively discussions with a group of diverse and insightful readers

Our November 7th meeting was a small but invigorating gathering (a nasty cold virus kept our numbers down) as we discussed the Miriam Toews novel "A Complicated Kindness" . The background that several of our members brought to the discussion enriched it enormously. It's quite remarkable how your opinion of a character or a book can change significantly when someone offers a different reading based on their experience.

Our next selection came from one of our readers. David Benioff's "A City of Thieves" takes us to Leningrad this time. Our discussion was aptly timed as we had just survived a long cold snap in Ottawa. We talked about Benioff's trick that encourages you to believe that the book is a history of his grandparents when, in fact, all is a fiction. We also marvelled at what the human condition can endure during awful hardship.

If you'd like to join us, send an e-mail to and we'll put you on the list while we still have a few spaces left.