OCU Book Discussion Gathers for Funeral

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma book discussion series at Oklahoma City University will continue with “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 in Walker Center room 151.

In Tropper’s book, the death of a father brings together the entire family clan for the first time in years. Long-standing grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened in this humorous novel about the ties that bind, whether we like it or not.

The discussion series is made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. At each session in the five-part series, a humanities scholar makes a presentation on the book in the context of the theme. Small group discussions follow with experienced discussion leaders. At the end, all participants come together for a brief wrap-up.

Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to preregister and borrow the reading selections and theme brochure by calling Harbour Winn at (405) 208-5472, emailing him at hwinn@okcu.edu or dropping by the Dulaney-Browne Library room 211 or 207.

Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study through Film & Literature at OCU, said the series, titled “The Dynamics of Dysfunction:  To Laugh or Cry or Both,” is focusing on dysfunctional family relationships.

“Many great works of literature since time immemorial have explored issues of relationship problems within the family unit,” he said. “Look no further than the tortured families of Joseph with that colorful coat or Noah after the flood in the Old Testament. William Shakespeare, too, penned a couple of dramas featuring some rather unbalanced families.”

Other dates and books in the series include:

* Feb. 24 with “My Last Days as Roy Rogers” by Pat Cunningham Devoto

* March 10 with “The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac” by Kris D’Agostino