New Fiction Book Club with Claire

Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This group meets at Auntie's the second Thursday of every month at 6pm.

For more information click here to visit the book club webpage.

 

February Selection

We will be reading Kick the Latch by Kathryn Scanlan.

About one woman’s fine, hard life at the racetrack, Kick the Latch–with its ruthless concision and artful mysteries–is lightning in a bottle


Kathryn Scanlan’s Kick the Latch vividly captures the arc of one woman’s life at the racetrack—the flat land and ramshackle backstretch; the bad feelings and friction; the winner’s circle and the racetrack bar; the fancy suits and fancy boots; and the “particular language” of “grooms, jockeys, trainers, racing secretaries, stewards, pony people, hotwalkers, everybody”—with economy and integrity.

Based on transcribed interviews with Sonia, a horse trainer, the novel investigates form and authenticity in a feat of synthesis reminiscent of Charles Reznikoff’s Testimony. As Scanlan puts it, “I wanted to preserve—amplify, exaggerate—Sonia’s idiosyncratic speech, her bluntness, her flair as a storyteller. I arrived at what you could call a composite portrait of a self.” Whittled down with a fiercely singular artistry, Kick the Latch bangs out of the starting gate and carries the reader on a careening joyride around the inside track.

 

Leader: Claire (she/her)
Contact: claire@auntiesbooks.com
Book Club Webpage: https://www.auntiesbooks.com/new-fiction-book-club-claire

Event address: 
Auntie's Bookstore
402 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Books: 
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Kick the Latch By Kathryn Scanlan Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811232005
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2022

About one woman’s fine, hard life at the racetrack, Kick the Latch–with its ruthless concision and artful mysteries–is lightning in a bottle