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May 2014 Book Club Selection: Sleeping in Flame by Jonathan Carroll

Walker Easterling is a retired actor turned successful screenwriter living in the Vienna of strong coffee, fascinating friends, and mysterious cafes. When he falls in love with Maris York, a beautiful artist who creates cities, his life becomes alive in fantastic and unsettling ways. As Walker's love for Maris grows, his life gets more and more bizarre-he discovers he can see things happening just before they happen, and at the same time feels an incredibly strong tug from his past-so a friend steers him to Venasque, an odd little man reputed to be a powerful shaman. Venasque helps Walker discover and unravel his many interconnected past lives, and it is soon clear that an unresolved conflict from these past lives has resurfaced, and now threatens to undo Walker and Maris's love.


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  • Kevin B.

    June and July (1st weekend of August) not listed yet...

    June 22, 2014

    • Steph

      Yup! Potluck is August 2, I think, and book club the 22nd. They're both over a month away, so I'm sure there's no rush to get things listed yet! :) Thanks for picking up extras! We did find a copy used on Amazon, so Ed and I should be good.

      June 23, 2014

    • Kevin B.

      Sorry, I interpreted it as July get-together was the first weekend of August.

      June 23, 2014

  • Rose Cooke W.

    Gonna have to miss this one after all because my four-day-old infant hasn't had a chance to read the book. This was a lovely selection and I hope everyone has a great time!

    6 · May 29, 2014

    • Kevin B.

      Congrats on the new edition. Sorry you will miss out. Try to make sure the 4-day-old has more time to read in the future.

      May 29, 2014

    • Lynda S.

      Congratulations! = )

      May 31, 2014

  • Ed

    Great, thoughtful discussion last night of a wonderful book! Thanks so much, everyone.

    2 · May 31, 2014

  • Kevin B.

    Unfortunately, at the last minute, we have had a very traumatic incident in our household, and are unable to attend tonight.

    May 30, 2014

    • Ed

      So sorry to hear it. Hope all is okay.

      May 30, 2014

  • Kevin B.

    Mandi found a signed copy...

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Ed

    The book stands alone, and honestly, I think calling them a series is a stretch - they don't build on each other narratively. Sleeping in Flame was the first Carroll book I ever read, and it seemed completely self-contained to me. It didn't even occur to me it might be referring to another book. When I read Bones of the Moon years later, (at the time, most of Carroll's books were out of print and really hard to find) I got a kick out of recognizing the connection to Sleeping in Flame, but it didn't change my understanding of either book.

    April 29, 2014

  • Rose Cooke W.

    Hi Joy -- according to Ed this book can stand alone even though it's #2 in a series.

    April 29, 2014

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