Friday, April 15, 2011

What We’re Reading Now

I am happy to report that the Museum Staff book club has started up again after a little hiatus. I am even happier to report that we just read and discussed a wonderful novel — The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer.

The book, which the LA Times calls “a stunning first novel,” has been compared to work by Tolstoy and Dr. Zhivago in scope and feeling. I have to agree. It is romantic and epic, and has an exquisitely drawn out plot worthy of Dickens. I don’t want to say too much, but The Invisible Bridge is a love story set against the backdrop of 1930s Budapest and Paris and a tale of two families whose lives are ravaged by war.

The book follows Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, who arrives in Paris from Budapest in 1937 with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver. As he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter’s recipient, the beautiful and mysterious Klara Morgenstern, he becomes privy to a secret history that will alter the course of his own life. Meanwhile, as his elder brother takes up medical studies in Italy, their younger brother disappears, and their friends are scattered when they can no longer continue their studies, Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends each of their lives into terrifying uncertainty.

Julie Orringer will be here May 18 to speak about the book with Tablet’s Gabriel Sanders who always asks great questions. That said, if he misses one, there will be a chance to ask the author your own question.

Also, If you have other suggestions of books that the staff may like, feel free to let us know by posting a comment or emailing

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