Ready for Round 3 of Moira’s Seattle Times Book Club? In previous online meetings, we’ve discussed Michael Ondaatje’s “Warlight” and Sigrid Nunez’s “The Friend.” Our third meeting is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, June 25, and this time we’ll be reading a novel that takes us to another time and place. Which novel will that be? Vote for one of these four novels, all of which sound delicious and are available in paperback:
- “The Queen of the Night” by Alexander Chee. Set in the world of 19th century Paris opera, Chee’s second novel follows (in its publisher’s words), “one woman’s rise from pioneer girl to circus rider to courtesan to world-renowned diva.”
- “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan. Edugyan’s prizewinning third novel begins on a Barbados sugar plantation in the 1830s, centering on a former field slave as he travels the world as manservant to an eccentric naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist.
- “The Sparsholt Affair” by Alan Hollinghurst. The British author’s sixth novel begins in 1940 with two young men meeting at Oxford University and follows them through three generations, examining how their connection reverberates throughout changing times.
- “The Essex Serpent” by Sarah Perry. In a coastal town in late 19th-century England, a young widow/amateur naturalist becomes fascinated by rumors of a mythical sea beast. With the help of a skeptical vicar, she investigates, raising questions about science and religion — as well as love.
You’ll have until noon on May 21 to vote, and we’ll announce the selection on May 22. In the meantime, consider joining the Moira’s Book Club Facebook group (if you’re a Facebook user) — and plan on joining us at seattletimes.com/books on June 25 for a lively discussion. Happy reading!