470 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
For the month of January in 2018, the Strut Book Club will read “The Impossible Lives of Gretta Wells” by Andrew Sean Greer
Join us at 7:30 PM on the Second Floor of Strut for some wine, light snacks and great conversations about literature.
Please make sure to read the book before hand and come ready to discuss your thoughts. Don’t forget folks, we get a discount at Dog Eared Books in the Castro!
If you have not read the book, it is okay to come and sit and listen to the conversation. But be warned we do talk about the ending.
About the Book
From the critically acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli comes The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, a rapturously romantic story of a woman who finds herself transported to the “other lives” she might have lived. After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well—though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband…but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress. In this spellbinding novel by Andrew Sean Greer, each reality has its own losses, its own rewards; each extracts a different price. Which life will she choose as she wrestles with the unpredictability of love and the consequences of even her most carefully considered choices?
About the Author
Andrew Sean Greer is the author of six works of fiction, including the bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli, The Story of a Marriage and Less–forthcoming in July 2017. Greer has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. He splits his time between his home in San Francisco and the Santa Maddalena Foundation writer’s residency in Tuscany, where he is the Executive Director.