September Book Club for Grown Ups

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty
by Ramona Ausubel

Labor Day 1976, Martha’s Vineyard. Summering at the family beach house, Fern and Edgar––married with three children––are happily preparing for a family birthday celebration when they learn that the unimaginable has occurred. There’s no more money in the estate of Fern’s recently deceased parents, which, as the sole source of Fern and Edgar’s income, had allowed them to live this beautiful, comfortable life despite their professed anti-money ideals. Quickly the once-charmed family unravels. In distress and confusion, Fern and Edgar are each tempted away on separate adventures: she on a road trip with a stranger, he on an ill-advised sailing voyage with another woman. The three children are left for days with no guardian in an improvised Neverland, helmed by the tender, witty, and resourceful nine-year-old Cricket. An imaginative read with deep insight on wealth and class in America.
“Weird and wonderful….Even the throwaway details are terrific.”
The New York Times
Thursday, September 28 – 7:30

Tuesday September 2, 2017