Virtual Evening Book Club: “Mercury Pictures Presents”

Thursday, October 19, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


This month our featured book will be “Mercury Pictures Presents,” by Anthony Marra.

A New York Times Bestseller and “One of the best books of the year”  according to NPR, The Guardian, and Booklist.

Like many before her, Maria Lagana has come to Hollywood to outrun her past. Born in Rome, where every Sunday her father took her to the cinema instead of church, Maria immigrates with her mother to Los Angeles after a childhood transgression leads to her father’s arrest.

Fifteen years later, on the eve of America’s entry into World War II, Maria is an associate producer at Mercury Pictures, trying to keep her personal and professional lives from falling apart. Her mother won’t speak to her. Her boss, a man of many toupees, has been summoned to Washington by congressional investigators. Her boyfriend, a virtuoso Chinese American actor, can’t escape the studio’s narrow typecasting. And the studio itself, Maria’s only home in exile, teeters on the verge of bankruptcy.


We will be using Zoom for this meeting which you can download from their website or from your preferred device’s App store. Please call us at 973-538-6161 if you are having a problem downloading the app.  If you already are a member of the Evening Book Club, a Zoom link will be emailed to you two days in advance.  If you are a new member, please email us at with the subject line “Evening Book Club” and include your full name and town of residence to receive the access code and link to the meeting.

Evening Book Club is open to one and all, whether or not you are a Morristown or Morris Township resident.  Please feel free to join us even if you didn’t get a chance to finish the book. Copies of the book are reserved for Book Club members at the main circulation desk.  Ask a librarian for a copy. If you have any questions about this book club, please email with the subject line “Evening Book Club”.

We look forward to seeing you then!