Columbia SoCal Book Club: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk


"A brilliant literary murder mystery." —Chicago Tribune

"Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work." —Annie Proulx

In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .

A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?


Please register by Friday, February 21

We will meet at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 5700 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90036.  Attendees receive 10% off all beverages when they mention "book club" at the register. 

Contact Emily Burg with suggestions for future book club selections or if you'd like to host a future book club meeting.

Note: CAA SoCal book club readers can purchase their copies for a 15% discount from Skylight Books and a 20% discount from Book Soup and Vroman's Bookstore.  Tell the bookseller about your CAA affiliation to get the discount. 

Future Book Club Dates (Sundays at 2pm at Coffee Bean):

May 3

August 23

November 15

February 23, 2020 at 2:00pm - 4pm

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

5700 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
United States

Linda McCauley

Tasha Moore Brent Peich Nailah Robinson Jennifer Oneal Gerald Kruglik Safana Khan Darius Ansari Amy Lin Stephanie Cheung Anne Petrosino Aimee Kuvadia Noah Levine Aleksandrina Ivanova

Will you come?