The Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss "Visitors” by Anita Brookner Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the main room of the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building on Main Street/Route 1.

Brookner always seemed to present a youngish single woman (or, as the author herself aged, an older single woman) who consents to a life of such lonely and passive frustration as to be pathological. In “Visitors,” her central character is Dorothea “Mrs.” May, a dignified, well-turned-out elderly widow who lives on an almost deserted street in a moribund middle-class neighborhood in southwest London. Her flat is decorated in muted blues and grays; two of its rooms are permanently closed because they are associated in her mind with her husband, who died 15 years ago. She has not had a guest since then.

The story begins when Mrs. May’s cousin Kitty, a rich and forceful woman addicted to discussing her health and her husband’s, asks an unusual favor. Visitors are coming: Kitty’s granddaughter will be arriving from the United States in several days and expects Kitty to put on a wedding for her right away. Kitty is short on space and asks Mrs. May to take into her flat — for only a few days — one of the wedding party, a man named Steve Best.

On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; and copies are also available on the library's circulating e-readers.

All are welcome, as are donations. Those who live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride should call the library at 354-2453 a week before the discussion. In November, the club will discuss “Survival Lessons” by Alice Hoffman.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or