Fall Literary Detective Fiction (1894)

Six Wednesdays: October 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12, 7 to 9 p.m.

$135.00(10% off for members)

Existential crises, the collapse of civilizations and the bonds of kinship, thorny questions of faith and perseverance, bloody and cruel crimes of passion and revenge and madness, and upended literary tropes—what more could you ask for from your reading pleasures? In this third installment of the Literary Detective Fiction series, we will descend into The Keep, a post-modern gothic psychological thriller by Pulitzer Prize winner, Jennifer Egan, and track the mystery of a cruel imprisonment in the maze of an East European castle to a maximum security prison somewhere in the U.S.; slouch into Broken Harbor, a brilliant and harrowing murder mystery by the master, Tana French, and stumble along with the weary detectives through an abandoned housing development on the Irish coast haunted by broken promises and the sorrows of the past; and tear through The Infinite Blacktop, the much-awaited conclusion to the trilogy of mysteries by the underground favorite, Sara Gran, featuring her iconoclastic creation, Claire DeWitt, punk metaphysical detective, who revisits scenes from her past, from New York City to San Francisco and places in between, on the trail of whoever is now trying to kill her, even as the only unsolved mystery of her career—and the most heartbreaking—closes in on her. No need to have taken the previous two courses—all mystery and literary fiction lovers are welcome to join in.

Reading Schedule:

October 31:  The Keep by Jennifer Egan, to end of Part One (page 113)

November 7: The Keep, to end (page 240)

November 14: Broken Harbor by Tana French, to end of Chapter 9 (page 168)

November 28: Broken Harbor, to end (page 450)

December 5: The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran, to middle (page 150?)

December 12: The Infinite Blacktop, to end (page 304)

Required Books:

The Keep (2006) by Jennifer Egan (9781400079742)

Broken Harbor (2012) by Tana French (9780143123309)

The Infinite Blacktop (2018) by Sara Gran (9781501165719) (Publication date: 9/18/18)


Recommended Further Reading:

Look At Me (2001) by Jennifer Egan

The rest of the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French: In the Woods (2007), The Likeness (2008), Faithful Place (2010), and The Trespasser (2016)

The first two novels in the Claire DeWitt trilogy by Sara Gran: Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead (2011) and Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway (2013)

Rhonda Shary was an adjunct professor of English in New York for over ten years, teaching writing, literature, and film at SUNY New Paltz, Marymount College of Fordham University, and New York Institute of Technology. Her poetry, fiction, and essays appear in P&P’s District Lines III and V; 100-Word Story; Water Writes: An Anthology in Honor of the Hudson River Quadricentennial; A Slant of Light: Women Writers of the Hudson River Valley; and The Shawangunk Review, among others. After moving to DC in 2014, she joined the staff at Politics and Prose Bookstore, where she is now an editor for OPUS Publishing and an instructor in the literature and writing classes.

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The Keep Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400079742
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Anchor - July 10th, 2007

Broken Harbor: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143123309
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2013

The Infinite Blacktop: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501165719
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Published: Atria Books - September 18th, 2018