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.