Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho

I met with our fourth reader in a crowded cafe (pardon the occasional hiss of the espresso machine) to discuss the novel Veronika Decides to Die (1998) by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho. Our reader, a recent recipient of a Master’s in Social Work, discovered the novel during a self-guided study of fiction featuring narratives of…

Beloved – Toni Morrison

Our third reader selected Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved (1987). She studied Morrison’s account of slavery, profound loss, and a haunting as a high school student, an undergraduate, and as a postgraduate. Each re-reading uncovered new meaning and fresh details in familiar sentences. Morrison’s poetic style and skilled presentation of alternative narratives define Beloved as…