Book Discussion Group
A Celebration of Reading!
Read each selection & join staff member Michele Reinhart for a spirited discussion!
Last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Conference Room.
March 27: The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
Winter draws to a close as the vernal equinox approaches on March 20. This month, we’ll bid farewell to one season and welcome another by reading and discussing John Steinbeck’s 1961 novel The Winter of Our Discontent.
Written late in John Steinbeck’s literary career, The Winter of Our Discontent explores his growing disillusionment with contemporary American society. The novel follows the moral crisis of one man as he struggles with his once-prominent family’s eroding wealth and influence.
Over the course of a few months in 1960, from Easter weekend to the Fourth of July holiday, decent, upstanding everyman Ethan Allen Hawley is tempted again and again to cash in his principles for a quick buck. It’s the American way, Steinbeck seems to suggest, but is it Ethan’s way? Is it our way?
The Winter of Our Discontent was JohnSteinbeck’s last novel. Following its publication, he gave up exploring the American character in fiction and went looking for it in person on a coast-to-coast roadtrip with a poodle named Charley.
Please check our online catalog for available copies of the book and join us for our discussion on the March 27.
- April 24: Digging to America by Anne Tyler
- May 29: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Questions? Call Reference at 614-481-3776.