Book Club

Bright Leaf Book Club is a chance to meet like-minded readers and critically analyze and discuss a text. We select texts democratically, and read novels, short stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction. We meet monthly. Pizza is provided. Join us!


Thursday, January 18 - 7:00 PM

Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

"'Suttree' is a book with rude, startling power and a flood of talk. Much of it takes place on the Tennessee River, and Cormac McCarthy, who has written 'The Orchard Keeper' and other novels, gives us a sense of river life that reads like a doomed 'Huckleberry Finn.' The river has lost its kind edge. It's now 'The slow voice of ruin.' The sun beating down on it is 'like a bunghole to a greater hell beyond.' As the river begins to swell and roll down from 'the gutted upcountry,' it maims and kills. 'The fish. . .themselves looked stunned.'

"The book comes at us like a horrifying flood. The language licks, batters, wounds--a poetic, troubled rush of debris. It is personal and tough, without that boring neatness and desire for resolution that you can get in any well-made novel. Cormac McCarthy has little mercy to spare, for his characters or himself. His text is broken, beautiful and ugly in spots. Mr. McCarthy won't soothe us with a quiet song. 'Suttree' is like a good, long scream in the ear."

-Jerome Charyn, The New York Times Book Review