What Is “The Great American Novel” All About?

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~post by Brian C.

On the last Sunday of every month, a ramshackle group of close readers get together to talk about a novel. This group has been meeting for five years, and we call ourselves The Voyage Out Book Group. We read in three month cycles centered on a particular region. We consider it a cheap way to travel. Some of the regions we’ve visited include Japan, India, the Balkans, and Texas.

We’ve been having a blast, and we aren’t about to stop anytime soon. We’d love to see you, so come on by.

Our current region is less of a region and more of a concept—The Great American Novel. We will take three months to explore the idea of the GAN. We started with Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. We’ll move on to read Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping. Our last book will be Richard Yates’ Revolutionary…

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