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Words and Wine: Small Wine Shop June Book Club

Wednesday June 12th • 6:30 pm

When: Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30 PM
Where: Small Wine Shop
Book of the Month: The Extinction of Irene Rey by Jennifer Croft


Hey there! Do you love reading books and discovering new cultures and perspectives? If that sounds like you, we would love to invite you to our upcoming Book Club meeting at Small Wine Shop on Wednesday, June 12th. We’ll be discussing our latest read, “The Extinction of Irena Rey,” by Jennifer Croft, and we’d love for you to join us and meet some new people who share your interests.


Hilarious, thought-provoking novel… a brilliant examination of art, celebrity, the natural world, and the power of language

Eight translators arrive at a house in a primeval Polish forest on the border of Belarus. It belongs to the world-renowned author Irena Rey, and they are there to translate her magnum opus, Gray Eminence. But within days of their arrival, Irena disappears without a trace.

The translators, who hail from eight different countries but share the same reverence for their beloved author, begin to investigate where she may have gone while proceeding with work on her masterpiece. They explore this ancient wooded refuge with its intoxicating slime molds and lichens and study her exotic belongings and layered texts for clues. But doing so reveals secrets-and deceptions-of Irena Rey’s that they are utterly unprepared for. Forced to face their differences as they grow increasingly paranoid in this fever dream of isolation and obsession, soon the translators are tangled up in a web of rivalries and desire, threatening not only their work but the fate of their beloved author herself.

This hilarious, thought-provoking debut novel is a brilliant examination of art, celebrity, the natural world, and the power of language. It is an unforgettable, unputdownable adventure with a small but global cast of characters shaken by the shocks of love, destruction, and creation in one of Europe’s last great wildernesses.


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