The Sparsholt Affair
by Alan Hollinghurst
A masterly novel following the richly complex relationships of a remarkable family across seven decades, from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Line of Beauty.
Alan Hollinghurst’s sweeping new novel evokes across three generations the intimate relationships of a group of friends brought together by art, literature, and love. In 1940, the handsome, athletic, charismatic David Sparsholt arrives at Oxford University to study engineering, unaware of his effect on others—especially on Evert Dax, the lonely son of a celebrated novelist who is destined to become a writer himself. In The Sparsholt Affair, Hollinghurst transports readers across decades through a series of vividly rendered episodes: a Sparsholt holiday in Cornwall; eccentric gatherings at the Dax family home; the adventures of David’s son Johnny, a painter in 1970s London. With tenderness, wit, and keen insight, the novel explores the social and sexual revolutions of the past century, even as it takes us straight to the heart of our current age. Richly observed and emotionally charged, this is a story of fathers and sons, of family and legacy, and of the longing for permanence amid life’s inevitable transience, by the writer hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the best novelists at work today.”
Alan Hollinghurst is the author of the novels The Stranger’s Child, The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star, The Spell, and The Line of Beauty, which won the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.
The Queer Book Club was founded who knows how many years ago by two Smith grads, new in town and hoping to meet women. Since then, we've met many smart queers of various genders, read heaps of books, laughed a lot, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We read books by and/or about queers: classics, contemporary and genre fiction, graphic novels, non-fiction, memoirs, plays, and poetry. We convene the third Wednesday of the month at 7 PM. After our discussion of the book chosen for the month, we adjourn to a local watering hole for socializing. Join us, even if you didn't get around to reading the book--you never know who you might meet!