June 21, 2017 7:30 pm
632 Flatbush Avenue (at Fenimore)
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Led by Greenlight general manager Alexis, our fiction book group in Prospect Lefferts Gardens discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For June, the group discusses The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth.
In an extraordinary feat of narrative invention, Philip Roth imagines an alternate history where Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1940 presidential election to heroic aviator and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh. Shortly thereafter, Lindbergh negotiates a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism. For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh’s election is the first in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America – and with it, his mother, his father, and his older brother. Never more relevant than now, this national bestseller will challenge all who believe that “it can’t happen here.”