ABOUT THE BOOK CLUB
We love a great series, especially one with an irresistible main character. Maybe you've always meant to read these books, maybe they're old favorites, maybe they're a new and unexpected treat. Our library director, Janet Torsney, will lead these discussions of books that start iconic series...on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. (How fitting is that?) Registration is required. Masks are optional.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Meet Dr. William Rivers, a brilliant psychiatrist charged with the seemingly hopeless task of helping a profoundly wounded poet and war hero in World War I. Based on a true story, the book is a Booker Prize nominee and one of Entertainment Weekly’s 100 All-Time Greatest Novels.
In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, the noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in the Great War. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There Dr. Rivers set about restoring Sassoon’s “sanity” and sending him back to the trenches. This book tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.
“Calls to mind such early moderns as Hemingway and Fitzgerald...Some of the most powerful antiwar literature in modern English fiction.”—The Boston Globe
Borrow "Regeneration" through BCCLS.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pat Barker is a renowned British author whose writing explores the themes of memory, trauma, and recovery. Her most famous work is the Regeneration trilogy, which centers on World War I and its lingering effects on British society. The series finale, "Ghost Road," won the prestigious Booker Award. She has written seven other novels. Like many of her characters, Barker was born into a British working-class family. She is married and lives in Durham, England.