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Burke Book Club

"Canada" by Richard Ford

2019-06-25 13:00:00 2019-06-25 14:00:00 America/New_York Burke Book Club Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library

Tuesday, June 25
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Add to Calendar 2019-06-25 13:00:00 2019-06-25 14:00:00 America/New_York Burke Book Club Join us for a discussion of Richard Ford's novel "Canada". Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library

Join us for a discussion of Richard Ford's novel "Canada".

A true masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision from one of America's greatest writers, Canada is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family. Told in spare, elegant prose, both resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a modern classic. 

When fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed.

His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border, in hopes of delivering him to a better life. There, afloat on the prairie of Saskatchewan, Dell is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and charismatic American whose cool reserve masks a dark and violent nature.

Undone by the calamity of his parents' robbery and arrest, Dell struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he once knew. But his search for grace and peace only moves him nearer to a harrowing and murderous collision with Remlinger, an elemental force of darkness.

The Burke Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Burke Branch Library. Please note that we are meeting on the fourth Tuesday this month. All are welcome. For more information, call Caroline Pak at 703-746-1772 or email cpak@alexlibraryva.org.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Summer Quest | Book Discussion Groups |

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Upcoming events

Sat, Aug 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Mon, Aug 26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Fri, Aug 30, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
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