For our next meeting, let's meet and discuss:
Transatlantic by Colum McCann (click name to go to Amazon link)
McCann’s stunning sixth novel is a brilliant tribute to his loamy, lyrical and complicated Irish homeland, and an ode to the ties that, across time and space, bind Ireland and America. The book begins with three transatlantic crossings, each a novella within a novel: Frederick Douglas’s 1845 visit to Ireland; the 1919 flight of British aviators Alcock and Brown; and former US senator George Mitchell’s 1998 attempt to mediate peace in Northern Ireland. McCann then loops back to 1863 to launch the saga of the women we’ve briefly met throughout Book One, beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, whose bold escape from her troubled homeland cracks open the world for her daughter and granddaughter. The language is lush, urgent, chiseled and precise; sometimes languid, sometimes kinetic. At times, it reads like poetry, or a dream. Choppy sentences. Two-word declaratives. Arranged into stunning, jagged tableaux. Bleak, yet hopeful. (Describing Lily’s first view of America: “New York appeared like a cough of blood.”) The finale is a melancholy set piece that ties it all together--an unopened letter, “passed from daughter to daughter, and through a succession of lives,” becomes the book’s mysterious token, an emblem of a world grown smaller. McCann reminds us that life is hard, and it is a wonder, and there is hope.
We want to start the meeting at promptly 7:30pm, so be sure you account for enough time to park and buy yourself any food/beverages from Wegmans that you may want to enjoy during the meeting!! We will meet in the center room - it can be difficult to find the group since so many other groups also meet in this location, so if you have the book please bring it with you and have it visible on the table so other members can see it and know it's the correct group. You can text me at[masked] (texts only please, no phone calls) but I usually don't arrive until exactly 7:30pm so I may not be able to help you find the group.
The forum for this meeting is an open forum style, so please come prepared with questions and discussion points and be an active participant!! Everyone is welcome to speak freely about the book!
Hope to meet you all soon!!