Wednesday, January 4 • 6:30 pm, in person
We’ll be reading “Wish You Were Here” by Jodi Picoult. “Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five & move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She’s an associate specialist at Sotheby’s now, but her boss has hinted at a promotion if she can close a deal with a high-profile client. She’s not engaged just yet, but she knows her boyfriend, Finn, a surgical resident, is about to propose on their romantic getaway to the Galápagos—days before her thirtieth birthday. Right on time.
But then a virus that felt worlds away has appeared in the city & on the eve of their departure, Finn breaks the news: It’s all hands-on deck at the hospital. He must stay behind. You should still go, he assures her, since it would be a shame for all their nonrefundable trip to go to waste. And so, reluctantly, she goes. Almost immediately, Diana’s dream vacation goes awry. Her luggage is lost, the Wi-Fi is nearly nonexistent & the hotel they’d booked is shut down due to the pandemic. In fact, the whole island is now under quarantine & she is stranded until the borders reopen. Completely isolated, she must venture beyond her comfort zone. Slowly, she carves out a connection with a local family when a teenager with a secret opens to Diana, despite her father’s suspicion of outsiders. In the Galápagos Islands, where Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was formed, Diana finds herself examining her relationships, her choices & herself—& wondering if when she goes home, she too will have evolved into someone completely different.” We hope that you will join us for some exciting conversation, fellowship & dessert.