Center Book Discussion Group
"Lavinia" by Ursula K. Le Guin
For October’s Center Book Discussion Group, we will read and discuss Ursula K. Le Guin’s 2008 speculative/historical novel “Lavinia.”
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the Aeneid, Virgil’s hero fights to claim the king’s daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Lavinia herself never speaks a word. Now, Ursula K. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice in a novel that takes us to the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was a muddy village near seven hills.
Lavinia grows up knowing nothing but peace and freedom, until suitors come. Her mother wants her to marry handsome, ambitious Turnus. But omens and prophecies spoken by the sacred springs say she must marry a foreigner—that she will be the cause of a bitter war—and that her husband will not live long. When a fleet of Trojan ships sails up the Tiber, Lavinia decides to take her destiny into her own hands. And so she tells us what Virgil did not: the story of her life, and of the love of her life.
“Lavinia” is a book of passion and war, generous and austerely beautiful, from a writer working at the height of her powers.
Please note: this meeting is currently set to take place online via Zoom, but it may switch to in-person. We will update this page if it changes.
To request an accommodation for this event please contact Richard Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.502.6370 by Tuesday, September 28.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
7 p.m. ET