Course Description

Fiction is a laboratory for the refinement of the soul as stated by the South African writer J.M. Coetzee.

Patricia Whitehead, librarian, teacher, enthusiastic reader

In that spirit, let’s tinker in our own lab to decipher a series of four contemporary short stories, journeys into the unknown souls of each of the characters. When we read a good story, we often are afforded a brief glimpse of something hidden within the inner workings of our own minds. And when we discuss the story with a group of like-minded readers, we can expand our experience and may come away with a nugget of insight into ourselves and each other.

Here are the stories we’ll examine in the lab:

Mar 25, Dante Alighieri by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Apr 1, I Am Pizza Rat. by Han Ong.

Apr 8, The Choc-Ice Woman by Mary Costello.

Apr 15, Bravado by William Trevor.

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