Adult Book Club

Francis A. Gregory Library

Adult Book Club

"The Hopefuls" by Jennifer Close

Join us Thursday, March 23, 2017 to discuss March's Adult Book Club selection, The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close.

"A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, D.C., a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite. 

When Beth arrives in D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn't work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable, coordinating brunches, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy’s star rises higher and higher, the couples’ friendship - and Beth’s relationship with Matt - is threatened by jealousy, competition, and rumors. A glorious send-up of young D.C. and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage, this is the finest work yet by one of our most beloved writers."

You can pick up the Francis A. Gregory's Adult Book Club selection for March, The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close, from the New Books display by the circulation desk.

This title is also available as an e-book and e-audiobook on DC Public Library's Overdrive homepage. Need help checking out downloadable media or placing an e-hold? Stop by one our e-reader drop-in clinics this month and get hands-on help. 

The Francis A. Gregory Adult Book Club meets the fourth Thursday each month in the first floor conference room. For more information, please call 202-698-6373.