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Adult Book Club: Commonwealth

  • Namaste 1504 King St Alexandria, VA, 22314 United States (map)

Join us the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. to discuss compelling books of all genres. Books purchased for our book clubs are always 20% off. Please email Sally Chadbourn for more information and to join.

This month, we are reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

NOTE: This meeting will take place offsite at Namaste, an Indian restaurant located conveniently across the street from Hooray for Books!


An autobiographic novel and contemporary fiction examines one family's commonwealth, its shared likes and dislikes, conflicts, losses, and loves.  Chance encounters rippe through the lives of the four parents and six children involved in a story that spans five decades.  Spending summers in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children develop a lasting bond based on a shared disenchantment with their parents and the strange, yet genuine, affection that grows up between them.  One of them, Franny, shares the story with a legendary author who uses it as a basis for his own wildly successful book and forces them to think about connections they feel for one another.  Readers will be profoundly affected with a book reviewers call "sharply funny, chilling, and entrancing.