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Explorations Read-Aloud: “The Two Faces of January” by Patricia Highsmith

Friday, January 6 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Every Friday, at 11:00 am, on the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, the library will stream a brand new recording of local thespian, Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of fascinating and entertaining books of fiction and non-fiction. This is a program to help keep our community connected to books during the pandemic when we are unable to meet in person.

For January 6, Coté will read aloud from Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Two Faces of January.

The award-winning “classic psychological thriller” by the author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley 

“An offbeat, provocative and absorbing suspense novel.” —The New York Times

Summary: The month of January is named for the Roman god Janus, known as the protector of gates and doorways, beginnings and endings.

Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, the other with the ability to see into the future. In a grubby Athens hotel, Rydal Keener is bored and killing time with petty scams. But when he runs into another American, Chester MacFarland, dragging a man’s body down the hotel hall, Rydal impulsively agrees to help, perhaps because Chester looks like his father.

Then Rydal meets Collete, Chester’s younger wife, and captivated, becomes entangled in their sordid lives, as the drama marches to a shocking climax at the ruins of the labyrinth at Knossos.

A 1964 winner of the UK-based Crime Writers Association for Best Crime Novel, The Two Faces of January was the basis of a 2014 film starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac.

Click the links to find the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

Thoughts to share? Book ideas to suggest?
Contact Joseph at friday-explorations@usa.net

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