ASU Book Group: ‘Invitation to a Bonfire’ by Adrienne Celt

This event last occurred Feb. 26, 2020

The ASU Book Group's February 2020 reading selection is "Invitation to a Bonfire" by Adrienne Celt. The book group is open to all in the ASU community and meets monthly from noon to 1 p.m. in the Piper Writers House on ASU's Tempe campus. Haven't read the book? Come anyway! Authors are always present. A no-host luncheon follows at the University Club. 


The seductive story of a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage, with a spellbinding psychological thriller at its core. In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young refugee from the Soviet Union, finds herself in the alien landscape of an elite all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, her home and her sense of purpose, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new country's paranoia about Russian spies.

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Adrienne Celt is an alum of the creative writing program at ASU, where she earned her MFA in 2012.

The ASU Book Group meetings and selections for 2019–2020 are:

The ASU Book Group is sponsored as a community outreach initiative by the Department of English and organized in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Cover of Invitation to a Bonfire

Piper Writers House

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Judith Smith