This discussion group explores four notable American novels, spending two weeks on each one. We begin with J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, a generation’s bible for disaffected youth. Then Walker Percy’s National Book Award-winning The Moviegoer introduces us to what may well be the first feminist male. Next, Nathaniel West paints a vivid portrait of several bizarre characters living on the fringe of Hollywood in Day of the Locust. We end with John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, published with Walker Percy’s help eleven years after the author’s suicide. This Pulitzer Prize-winner features a fat, flatulent oddball at war, not unlike Holden Caulfield, with the modern world. Join us for easy, entertaining reading about America in the last half of the twentieth century.
Mary Ann Wilson
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