The Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches

will be discussing (via Zoom)

“The Chalk Artist”

by Allegra Goodman



chalk-artistSet in Cambridge, “The Chalk Artist” explores belief and cultural systems as they influence youthful ambition, art and education.  It is also a love story between Nina, a Harvard College graduate and daughter of a wealthy video game entrepreneur and Collin, a talented art school dropout.  The story examines the seductive life of video games, images, and online communities.   

“Enjoyably sharp dialogue and convincing portraits of multiple mindsets and terrains . . . One can’t help but marvel at how Goodman has captured the atmosphere of this virtual fantasy land so effectively in words.”—NPR

“Goodman’s latest combines fantastical flourishes (an imagined video game called ‘Underworld’) and realistic Cambridge details . . . in a narrative about art and ambition.”—The Boston Globe

A New York Times bestselling author, Ms. Goodman has received the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Salon Award for Fiction, and a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study. She has an AB in English and Philosophy from Harvard College and she lives with her husband and four children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She is working on her new novel that she plans to release in 2022.


Because we wish to keep the discussion intimate, and to allow all members to share their thoughts, we will have a 20-person RSVP maximum. If you cannot register on the website, please email the Club Administrator at to be placed on the waitlist. While reading, please consider a question or observation that you would like the group to discuss and bring it to the meeting! 

Genre: Fiction
Available Formats:  hardcover, paperback, Kindle, Audio CD, and Audible
Length: 352 pages (hardcover)


 Monday, June 7, 2021

6:00 PM
(Zoom information will be sent in advance)

FREE (and a plus-one is allowed)





Please contact Club Administrator, Tricia Wansor: or 954-914-3148.