2012 Community Read

The Life Before Us by Romain Gary

The Life Before Us (Madame Rosa) by Romain Gary - illustration by Carla DeMello - Cornell University Library

The Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with Cornell University’s New Student Reading Project, has announced the selection of Romain Gary’s The Life Before Us as the 2012 Community Read.

An emotionally-energized read, The Life Before Us, offers readers a glimpse into the life of Momo, an orphaned Arab boy being raised-- along with an ever-changing cast of children of prostitutes—by an ailing and aging, retired “lady of the night.”   

Written under the pseudonym Emile Ajar, the book was the 1975 winner of France’s premier literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, and has been lauded for its imaginative characters and skirting of traditional literary rules.

Copies of the Cornell edition of The Life Before Us will be available in the Library on Monday, July 2nd for patrons to check out. Additional copies are also available from the community libraries in Caroline and Danby, from the rural libraries in Dryden, Groton, Lansing, Newfield and Trumansburg, and can be borrowed through the Finger Lakes Library System.

Now in its 11th year, the Community Read encourages community members to experience the bond of literature by reading and discussing the same title.

A full list and information about programs related to the 2012 Community Read can be found on our Events page.

Book groups or area agencies interested in obtaining copies for their groups can contact the Library. For more information about the Community Read, or to receive copies for a book group, please contact Sarah Glogowski at 272-4557 ext. 255 or sglogowski@tcpl.org.

All Community Read programs are free and open to the public.

The 2012 Community Read is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University.

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