"Between the Lines" Book Club
The "Between the Lines" Book Club meets the first Friday of every month at noon. Please come and join in on the discussion of the book "The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories" by Don Delillo:
From one of the greatest writers of our time, a collection of short stories, written between 1979 and 2011; chronicling--and foretelling--three decades of American culture. Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white collar prison, and outer space, this is a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo's iconic voice, from the rich, startling, jazz-infused sentences of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories. In "Creation," a couple at the end of a cruise in the West Indies can't get off the island. In "Human Moments in World War III," two men orbiting the earth hear American radio, a half century ago. In the title story, nuns working the streets of the south Bronx, confirm a miracle, the apparition of the dead child, Esmeralda. Nuns, astronauts, athletes, terrorists, and travelers, the characters in The Angel Esmeralda propel themselves into the world and define it. DeLillo's sentences are instantly recognizable, as original as the splatter of Jackson Pollock or the luminous rectangles of Rothko. These nine stories are a perfect introduction to the author whose prescience about world events and ear for American language changed the literary landscape.