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Reading Novels for Greater Pleasure


Adult Enrichment / Writing & Literature -
Fall 2022

Quartet in Autumn by British novelist Barbara Pym is considered by many to be her masterpiece. Her wry wit has earned her the reputation of a twentieth-century Jane Austen. This novel presents four elderly single people described by the Times Literary Supplement as “living like mice in the wainscotting of life.” Book club members and other readers who want to get under the hood and see how great fiction works will deepen their appreciation of the novelist’s art. We’ll look closely at aspects of fiction including narrators, dialogue, narrative structure, character, detail and gesture.

Note: Please read the first three chapters and bring the paperback Plume edition to our first class.

*The time of class has been updated to 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.

Jennie Henry Rathbun

Jennie Rathbun is a short-story writer and book reviewer who lives in Arlington. She has published a dozen stories in literary journals and holds a master’s in fine arts from the Bennington Writing Seminars.

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WL-Reading Novels

  Jennie Henry Rathbun


Arlington Community Center
Wednesdays, Sep 28 - Nov 9
1:00 - 2:30 PM

  No Class Oct 5


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Price: $ 119 00