Open Fiction

The Open Fiction Book Group reads one paperback novel a month and its discussions are led by local author Chrysler Szarlan. The group typically meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Since the store will officially close at 6:00, please arrive a few minutes early to purchase your books. 

Monday, May 20, 6:00pm - Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

One of Barbara Pym’s richest and most amusing high comedies, Excellent Women has at its center Mildred Lathbury, a clergyman’s daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those “excellent women,” the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors—anthropologist Helena Napier and her handsome, dashing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar next door—the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.

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Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
9 College st.
South Hadley, MA 01075
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By Barbara Pym, A. N. Wilson (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143104872
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - December 26th, 2006

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