Books and Bagels

The Books and Bagels book group will discuss Commonwealth by Anne Patchett (Harper, $16.99). Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly--thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.

Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. They are ultimately forced to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

Event date: 
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 11:00am
Event address: 
The Bookworm
Commonwealth: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062491831
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017