DPL to host book discussion on “Special Topics in Calamity Physics”
Apr 23, 2009
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
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Copies of Marisha Pessl’s debut novel, “Special Topics in Calamity Physics,” are available for check-out at the front desk of Decorah Public Library. A book discussion will be hosted by library staff member Kristin Torresdal at 7 pm Thursday April 23. The free discussion is open to the public.
A combination of comedy, tragedy, mystery, and romance, “Special Topics” details a trail of disturbing secrets and the eccentric high school student who uncovers them. Blue van Meer is the precocious only daughter of a dashing and scholarly father. After her mother’s death, the two hit the road together, traveling between her father’s ever-changing teaching positions in obscure college towns.
“Calamity Physics: the resulting explosion of energy, light, heartbreak, and wonder as Blue van Meer enters a small, elite school in a sleepy mountain town…”
Blue’s highly unusual past draws her to a charismatic group of friends at St. Gallway and their captivating teacher, Hannah Schneider. A sudden drowning, a series of inexplicable events, and finally the shocking death of Hannah herself lead to a confluence of mysteries. And Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural lexicon to guide her.
According to Kirkus, “Donna Tartt goes postmodern in this eclectically intellectual murder mystery… The writing is clever, the text rich with subtle literary allusion… Sharp, snappy fun for the literary-minded.”
Author Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and currently lives with her husband in New York City. Her second novel, a psychological literary thriller titled “Night Film,” is set to be published by Random House in Fall 2010.
Contact Kristin at Decorah Public Library for more information, 563-382-3717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.