NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The Green Brook Country Club Book Club will welcome New York Times best-selling author Bernhard Schlink for a luncheon, author presentation, Q & A, Meet and Greet and book signing on Wednesday, July 19. This event kicks off at 11:30 is open to club members and non-members. Schlink will discuss his latest book "The Woman on the Stairs."

In a museum far from home a man stumbles onto a painting of a woman for whom he once loved, long ago, risked everything and who then mysteriously disappeared from his life. 

As a young lawyer, the nameless protagonist of The Woman on the Stairs became entangled in the affairs of three people mired in a complex and destructive relationship. An artist, the woman whose portrait he had painted, and her husband became a triangle that drew the lawyer deeper and deeper into their tangled web. Now, encountering the painting that triggered it all, the lawyer must reconcile his past and present selves;
Perception about art, the art world, and the business world are examined, as well as the philosophy of possession. The Woman on the Stairs, demonstrates that the life we dream, the one we live, and the choices we make coil together on the continuum of human experience. Existence is not finite, perhaps not even in death. Even the inanimate evolves. “Paintings don’t come to rest and neither do people."

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With The Woman on the Stairs, the internationally acclaimed author of The Reader, delivers a powerful new novel about art, obsession, creativity, and love. Intricately crafted, poignant, and beguiling, this is Bernhard Schlink writing at his peak.

Bernhard Schlink is a German Judge and Writer. His book "THE READER” was a Bestseller both in Germany and the United States and was translated into 46 languages. It was the first German book to reach the number one position in the New York Times Bestseller List. 

In 2008 Stephen Daldry directed an Oscar-winning film adaptation of "THE READER", starring Kate Winslet. He often is asked about his non-fiction political history book, "GUILT ABOUT THE PAST." (Our attendees, may ask him questions about the Nuremberg Trials and Holocaust). Bernhard's genre' encompasses Literature, Fiction, Philosophy and Politics. Bernhard Schlink is quite a diversified writer.

Bernhard Schlink, a visiting Professor at Cardozo Law School, at Yeshiva University, since 1993, is a former judge and best-selling novelist. He is a professor of public law and legal philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin, and he previously taught at the Universites of Bonn and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University-Frankfurt. From 1987 to 2006, Professor Schlink was a judge on the constitutional court for the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Münster.

Reservations are limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Cost is for the event is $54 for Non-Members. For additional information, contact Marlene Cohen, Book Club Founder/Chairwoman at mmlc2926@aol.com.