Morning Coffee Book Club (Location Change)
- Date: 02/19/2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Location: Palm Springs Public Library - The Learning Center
300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, California 92262
Morning Coffee Book Club
Read on the Edge with the Morning Coffee Book Club. This month's book is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. in The Learning Center. (Please note, the Morning Coffee Book Club usually meets at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library in downtown Palm Springs; it is meeting at the The Learning Center this day only.)
The Morning Coffee Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. and is open to everyone. Members of the club read the selected book for the month, then join in lively discussions. Please click here to see a list of future selections for the Morning Coffee Book Club.
Refreshments are generously provided by Aspen Mills Bakery. Thank you, Aspen Mills!
February 19, 2020
(LOCATION CHANGE TO THE LEARNING CENTER AT PSPL)
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
―Winner of the 2019 National Book Award
In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed―or untoyed with―by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.
The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school’s walls―until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true―though it’s not false, either. It takes until the book’s stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place―revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.
As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.
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