Second Saturday Book Group – Imagine Me Gone—Adam Haslett

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Date(s) - 04/14/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Imagine Me GoneAdam Haslett

This concerns a couple, American Margaret and British John, who marry despite John’s crippling depression.  With different chapters narrated by the couple and their three children, it spans half a century from 1960 to present, two continents, and five WASP-y voices.  Nominations: 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.  In 2003 Adam Haslett’s You Are Not a Stranger Here was a Pulitzer finalist.

Why?  I hope I’m not making a mistake here. This novel deals with the effects of mental illness on individuals and their families.  Many readers and critics highly praised its excellent writing, but cautioned that it could be emotionally hard to read.  However, exploring the impact of mental illness while reading a good book seems like something that would be worthwhile for us to do together.