Westminster Book Club

Read “The Sympathizer” for October 4 Book Club


The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen will be the subject of discussion at the October meeting of the Westminster Book Club.  This debut novel was the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016.  The narrator of the story is a conflicted subversive and idealist who is working as a double agent in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.


The book begins in Saigon in April of 1975 – the city is in chaos. Officers of the South Vietnamese army are drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. Several of these military leaders come to American to start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among them is secretly observing and reporting on the group to an agent of the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this Vietnamese man, who was educated the USA, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause.


A gripping spy novel, a study of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War.


All readers are welcome to join the Book Club on October 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Simmerman Lounge.  While supplies last, books from the public library’s book discussion set are available for check-out in the church office.  You may also borrow, download or purchase the book on your own, or contact a Book Club member to share a book.   For more information, contact Jan Davison.




The Westminster Book Club began a few years ago as one of the adult classes on Wednesday evenings.  The Book Club continues to meet during Westminster 242 on the first Wednesday of each month, but it doesn't end when the program year ends -- the Book Club meets year-round.  The group, which currently has about 15-20 active members, gathers at 6:30 p.m. in Simmerman Lounge.

 Books from the Public Library's Book Discussion sets are used, however, readers are also welcome to download, borrow or purchase the books on their own.  Book selections include non-fiction, fiction, memoirs, historical novels, biographies and more.

Book Club members enjoy lively discussion while strengthening the bonds of fellowship and friendship.  All readers are welcome!  

For more information, contact Jan Davison