The Open Fiction Book Group

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. 

Current and future selections:

January 27: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 

February 24: Less by Andrew Sean Greer


April 27: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez 


Past selections: 

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Overstory, Richard Powers

Fugitive Pieces, Ann Michaels
The Dew Breaker, Edwidge Danticat
A Century of November, W.D. Wetherell (with the author)
Banishing Verona, Margot Livesey (with the author)
Easter Island, Jennifer Vanderbes
The Garden of Martyrs, Michael C. White (with the author)
Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
Blue Water, Manette Ansay
The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories, Valerie Martin (with the author)
Specimen Days, Michael Cunningham
Lighthousekeeping, Jeannette Winterson
Disgrace, J. M. Coetzee
Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Monique and the Mango Rains, Kris Holloway (with the author)
The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai
An Ornithologist’s Guide to Life, Ann Hood
The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
Karma and Other Stories, Rishi Reddi (with the author)
Lost and Found, Jacqueline Sheehan (with the author)
Servants of the Map, Andrea Barrett
The Whole World Over, Julia Glass (with the author)
Birds in Fall, Brad Kessler
The Family Diamond, Edward Schwarzschild (with the author)
Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Kindred, Octavia Butler
The Law of Dreams, Peter Behrens
The Last Town on Earth, Thomas Mullen
March, Geraldine Brooks (with the author)
Martyrs' Crossing, Amy Wilentz
Like Trees, Walking, Ravi Howard
Third Girl From the Left, Martha Southgate
A Little Love Story, Roland Merullo
Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum
Divisadero, Michael Ondaatje
Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones
Soul Catcher, Michael White (with the author)
The Art of Seeing, Cammie McGovern (with the author)
The Air We Breathe, Andrea Barrett
Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
Ordinary Wolves, Seth Kantner
The Folded World, Amity Gaige (with the author)
Mudbound, Hillary Jordan
City of Thieves, David Benioff
Burnt Shadows, Kamila Shamsie
Now and Then, Jacqueline Sheehan (with the author)
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, Lydia Peelle
I See You Everywhere, Julia Glass (with the author)
The Reluctant Daughter, Lesléa Newman (with the author)
A Golden Age, Tahmima Anam
Sonata for Miriam, Linda Olsson
Little Bee, Chris Cleave
The Writing on My Forehead, Nafisa Haji
The Family Man, Elinor Lipman (with the author)
Into the Beautiful North, Luis Alberto Urrea
Outside the Ordinary World, Dori Ostermiller (with the author) 
The Quickening, Michelle Hoover
The Crying Tree, Naseem Rakha
The Color of Lightning, Paulette Jiles
Driftless, David Rhodes
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, Heidi Durrow (with the author)
House Arrest, Ellen Meeropol (with the author)
The Murderer's Daughters, Randy Susan Meyers (with the author)
Black Water Rising, Attica Locke (joint meeting with Crime Club)
Quiet Americans, Erika Dreifus
Picking Bones from Ash, Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Day for Night, Frederick Rieken (with the author)
Secrets of Eden, Chris Bohjalian (with the author)
The Widower's Tale, Julia Glass
Last Child, John Hart (joint meeting with the Crime Club)
The Call, Yannick Murphy
This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon, Linda McCullough Moore (with the author)
Growing Up Delicious, Marianne Banks (with the author)
Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross
Small Wars, Sadie Jones
Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem (joint meeting with the Crime Club)
Picture This, Jacqueline Sheehan (with the author)
The Submission, Amy Waldman
Girl Held in Home, Elizabeth Searle
Binocular Vision, Edith Pearlman
The Bells, Richard Harvell
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, Leslea Newman (with the author)
Running the Rift, Naomi Benaron
The Red Thread, Ann Hood (with the author)
All This Talk of Love, Christopher Castellani
Haven's Wake, Ladette Randolph
The Borrower, Rebecca Makkai
Offspring, Michael Quadland
The Lola Quartet, Emily St. John Mandel
Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter
The Dog Stars, Peter Heller
The Cutting Season, Attica Locke (joint discussion with the Crime Club)
Layla, Celine Keating (with the author)
Spider in a Tree, Susan Stinson (with the author)
The Obituary Writer, Ann Hood
A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
The Comfort of Lies, Randy Susan Meyers
White Dog Fell From the Sky, Eleanor Morse
Keepsake Self Storage, Marianne Banks (with the author)
In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
Jump and Other Stories, Nadine Gordimer
The Drop, Dennis Lehane (with the Crime Club)
Make a Wish But Not For Money, by Suzanne Strempek Shea (with the author)
The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy
An Untamed State, by Roxanne Gay
On Hurricane Island, by Ellen Meeropol (with the author!)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Vera’s Will by Shelley Ettinger
Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers
All I Know and Love by Judith Frank
Landfall, by Ellen Urban
Desire of the Moth by Champa Bilwakesh
The Secret Place by Tana French
Etta and Otto and Russell And James by Emma Hooper
Mourner’s Bench by Sanderia Faye
The Center of the World by Jacqueline Sheehan (with the author)
The Celestials by Karen Shepard
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
Growing a New Tail by Lisa Taylor (with the author)
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
After the Dam by Amy Hassinger
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Heirlooms by Rachel Hall
Stories About Tacit by Cecil Bodker, translated by Michael Goldman
We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlin Greenidge

Kinship of Clover by Ellen Meeropol (with the author!)

Goodnight Ladies by Zane Kotker

Earth as It Is by Jan Maher

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson's

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Shipping News by Annie Proulx

Danger Underground by Dusty Miller (w/ the Author!)

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

Seating Arrangements

Delta Wedding

Quiet Until the Thaw

Plague of Doves

Underground Railroad

White Tears

The Body In the Library,  Agatha Christie

Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz (joint meeting with Crime Club @ 7:00pm)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Wide Sargasso Sea

Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey


Please purchase the books in the store to receive the discount.