June 2019 Alumni Book Club

We are pleased to invite all alumni to participate in the upcoming meeting of the Alumni Book Club!

On Tuesday, June 11th, we will gather at Kellenberg Memorial at 7 PM to discuss our next selection, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.  Please RSVP below.

Below is a summary of The Silent Patient:

This psychological thriller by Alex Michaelides involves Alicia, a famous painter, who has been convicted of the brutal murder of her husband Gabriel, a fashion photographer. Refusing to speak or communicate in any way after the killing, Alicia finds herself in a secure forensic unit in North London while interest in her grisly crime and in her bizarre artwork skyrockets.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who is on a mission to get Alicia to talk and ultimately reveal the events from the night of the murder. Author Michaelides shines a suspicious light on numerous characters–Alicia’s cousin, Paul; the art gallery owner who represents Alicia, Jean-Felixe; her brother-in-law, Max; even her prior psychiatrist, Dr. West.  

Although a bit on the “edgier” side, the book is a thought-provoking study of the minds of both patient and therapist. An added bonus is the well-developed Greek mythological parallels between Alicia and Euripides’ figure of Alcestis, a woman who sacrifices her own life for her husband, is miraculously returned to earth, but never speaks again.  On a side note, the novel–which came out in February 2019–has already been optioned for film by Annapurna Pictures and Brad Pitt’s Plan B.