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The next in person book group will be discussing “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes, winner of the UK’s Man Booker prize in 2011. This is an open book group and several copies are available at the Nelson Library. Note that the Library is closed at that time, to eliminate distractions from regular library activities.We provide tea and coffee: bringing nibbles to share is encouraged!

What’s it about? It is an exploration of the ways we remember ourselves and others. Narrated by a retired man named Tony Webster, we follow as he recalls how he and his clique met Adrian Finn at school and vowed to remain friends for life. When the past catches up with Tony, he reflects on the paths he and his friends have taken.
It’s a short book — 163 pages — but, critic Michael Prodger observed, “Its brevity in no way compromises its intensity – every word has its part to play; with great but invisible skill Barnes squeezes into it not just a sense of the infinite complexity of the human heart but the damage the wrong permutations can cause when combined.” Novelist Anita Brookner warned “Do not be misled by its brevity. Its mystery is as deeply embedded as the most archaic of memories.”