Two hundred years separate Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from the new novel by Sonali Dev, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. Yet the line between these two romantic comedies is clear. And Dev’s book pays homage to the Austen classic while placing its storyline squarely into our current world.
The Original Rom-Com
Pride and Prejudice has been called the original romantic comedy, pitting the witty and headstrong Elizabeth Bennet against (and ultimately with) Fitzwilliam Darcy. The novel established the ground rules for how these romantic stories play out:
Two characters share a dislike of each other,
Our latest RGC book group selection was Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel The Far Field. Vijay spoke to us about the intersection of character and world events, living in Kashmir, and more.
We’d just like to say that we chose The Far Field for the RGC group even before The New York Times Book Review, New Yorker, and Washington Post gave it glowing reviews. Or before it became an Indies Introduce pick, an IndieNext selection, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection,
Blair Hurley explores Buddhism, Boston, faith and power in her debut novel.
In her novel The Devoted, Blair Hurley tells the story of Nicole Hennessy, a student of Zen Buddhism who comes under the influence of her powerful master — and struggles to escape. Blair answered some questions from Reading Group Choices about her book, her Boston and Catholic upbringing, her role as a teacher, and how we come to terms with our pasts.
Reading Group Choices: The main character, Nicole, moves from being a student of Zen under a powerful master to a teacher of others.
Anne Nesbet cracks history wide open in her latest novel set behind The Iron Curtain
Anne Nesbet recently took the time to answer some questions from Reading Group Choices. Her book Cloud and Wallfish is featured in our 2019 Guide.
RGC: Noah and Claudia’s nicknames, Cloud and Wallfish, are unique and feature creative word-play. Did you consider any other nicknames for Noah and Claudia when writing the book? What made you decide on “Cloud” and “Wallfish”?
Anne Nesbet: I just looked back at my first file names for what eventually became Cloud and Wallfish,
Avi talks about war, childhood, and his inspiration for The Button War
In The Button War, master of historical fiction Avi delivers a fierce account of the boys in a war-torn Polish village who are determined to prove themselves with a simple dare that spins disastrously out of control. Reading Group Choices interviewed him about the book, his methodology for writing, and the culture created in his striking novel.
Q: Why did you pick buttons as the object of the boys’ dare in The Button War?
Megan Stielstra makes us want to hang out with her even more by answering our questions about fear, parenting, and her current projects
We absolutely loved reading and discussing The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra. Thank you for writing it!
RGC Group: We noticed there were more essays that involved information about your dad, and about your relationship with your dad. Is that because you connect fear to him more to you than to your mom (due to his health and his experience with the school shooting)?