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Registration for the Folger's December book club is now open!
Join us on MONDAY, December 6 for Mona Awad's All's
for the new book All's Well
Words, Words, Words, the Folger Shakespeare Library Book Club, is
pleased to announce the next book discussion – Mona
Awad's All's Well on Monday, December 6, at
Participation is free but registration is
requested. Click below to reserve your spot.
All discussions will be held in Zoom and
instructions for accessing the conversation will be sent
out on the Friday before the session. We will also
share the discussion questions, supplemental materials, and
suggestions for sips and snacks in advance.
Miranda Fitch’s life is a waking nightmare.
The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left
her with excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed
marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And
now she’s on the verge of losing her job as a college
theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeare’s All’s
Well That Ends Well, the play that promised, and cost,
her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on
staging Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance at
redemption slip through her fingers.
That’s when she meets three strange
benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Miranda’s past
and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the
show goes on, her rebellious students get what’s coming to
them, and the invisible, doubted pain that’s kept her from
the spotlight is made known.
All’s Well is
the story of a woman at her breaking point and a
formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective
refusal to witness and believe female pain.
Why did we
choose this book?
Shakespeare Library's collection explores not only Shakespeare's
life and works, but also the plays' historical context, source
material, critical and performance histories, and the ways in which
they inspire and are adapted by contemporary novelists. All's
Well is a brand new novel deeply tied to multiple works and
themes of Shakespeare.
Listen to the
Shakespeare Unlimited podcast as author Mona Awad tells us about
her new novel, which combines All's Well That Ends Well with
Macbeth to tell the darkly funny story of a university
theater professor with chronic hip and back pain and a mutinous
Not able to join us
for our discussion of The Porpoise by Mark Haddon? The
Folger Spotlight has introductory and supplemental
material—including discussion questions—to help you explore the
book or even host your own conversation.
Looking for even
more book inspiration?Station
Eleven, a new HBO miniseries based on Emily St. John Mandel's
novel, premieres on December 16, 2021. This moving story about the
healing power of art was our very first book club pick in August
2020 and you can find related materials on The Folger Spotlight.