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Like a Fading Shadow is a strange beast of a novel – entwining the true case of the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and the author Molina’s own past, the book becomes both a gripping story and a thunderous examination of what makes a novel.
Far reaching, complex and potentially exhausting, the novel works due to the quality of its prose, the freshness of its concept and the intelligence of its message. Dense with the manic restlessness of its main characters, what could be suffocating is instead, ultimately, radiant with warmth, comfort, and rare consolation.
As always, there will be wine, wine gums, and other various nibbles on offer. Talking books with you all is the perennial highlight of my month, and the warmth and candour in our group is, in my opinion, without peer. If you love fiction, please don’t be shy! We always welcome new faces. – Matt