Claremont Book Group Discusses The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

December 16, 2013

Contact: Shani Leonards
Supervising Librarian
Berkeley Public Library
Claremont Branch

Berkeley, December 16, 2013—The next Claremont Branch Book Club meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at the Claremont Branch located at 2940 Benvenue Avenue. The club will talk about The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Bay Area author Andrew Sean Greer. Please join us for a discussion of this beautiful, lyrical novel which the New York Times named as one of the 100 Best Books of 2013 lists.

Greta Wells undergoes radical psychiatric treatment in 1985 New York in an attempt to ease feelings of loss and debilitating depression caused by the departure of her lover and the death of her twin brother, Felix. The treatment has an unexpected side effect and Greta finds herself transported from 1985 New York to the lives she might have had if she’d been born in a different part of the 20th century. “The premise of this novel isn’t that a woman travels through time: it’s that ‘the impossible happens once to each of us’…What this wonderful novel teaches us is how magic works.” — John Irving. For information about this event please call 510-981-6280.

This event is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library (

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