It’s no secret that librarians like to talk about books. Actually we more than like it – book discussions and conversations about literacy and authors is one of our deep and abiding loves. That’s one of the reasons why we started the #GPLtalk podcast. Our audio inspired book club allows readers to participate in a conversation even if they are unable to make it to one of our regularly scheduled book club events.
This month we discussed Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, a literary selection that was named one of the best science fiction titles of 2016.
Good Morning, Midnight tells the story of two scientists coping with loneliness and regret in vastly different landscapes after an unspecified crisis on earth leaves them stranded from society. Augustine is an astronomer nearing the end of his life who finds himself caring for a young girl in the Arctic, while Sully is an astronaut travelling home from a journey to Jupiter. Both had chosen untethered lives, but now, drifting without communication from the outside world, they find themselves tied to humanity in ways they weren’t before.
Book Club Conclusion: Good Morning, Midnight is a lyrical, reflection of humanity and relationship that isn’t quite a must read, but a recommended read when you have the time.
Take a listen as Emily, Aubrey, Jessica, and Valerie discuss unreliable narrators, vague endings, and the use of setting as a character in a novel.
If you’ve read the book (or plan to read it!), we’d love to hear your book club conclusion. Would you recommend the book to others? What are your opinions on unreliable narrators and vague endings?
And be sure to read along with us next month as we discuss Sarah Porter’s Vassa in the Night.