Womrath Book Club - February 2024

Thursday, February 15, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
76 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708

Hoping to read more in 2024? Then join us at Womrath Bookshop's monthly Book Club, a gathering of bookworms and literature enthusiasts! On the third Thursday of each month we will be selecting one of our staff picks for you to read, and us to discuss together. Register HERE.

To kick things off, we will be reading Absolution by Alice McDermott, an incredible and riveting account of women’s lives on the margins of the Vietnam War. We can't wait to dive into it with you.

This in-person event will be held in our store at 76 Pondfield Road in Bronxville, NY, USA. We'll dive into captivating stories, exchange thoughts, and discover new literary gems together. Whether you're a seasoned reader or just starting your reading journey, this club is for you! Let's embark on an exciting literary adventure together at the Womrath Book Club!

This event is free, but registration is required. Sign up here.

About Absolution
Named a Best Book of the Year by Time, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Kirkus Reviews, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Oprah Daily, Real Simple, and Vogue

A riveting account of women’s lives on the margins of the Vietnam War, from the renowned winner of the National Book Award.

You have no idea what it was like. For us. The women, I mean. The wives.

American women—American wives—have been mostly minor characters in the literature of the Vietnam War, but in Absolution they take center stage. Tricia is a shy newlywed, married to a rising engineer on loan to navy intelligence. Charlene is a practiced corporate spouse and mother of three, a beauty and a bit of a bully. In Saigon in 1963, the two women form a wary alliance as they balance the era’s mandate to be “helpmeets” to their ambitious husbands with their own inchoate impulse to “do good” for the people of Vietnam.

Sixty years later, Charlene’s daughter, spurred by an encounter with an aging Vietnam vet, reaches out to Tricia. Together, they look back at their time in Saigon, taking wry account of that pivotal year and of Charlene’s altruistic machinations, and discovering how their own lives as women on the periphery—of politics, of history, of war, of their husbands’ convictions—have been shaped and burdened by the same sort of unintended consequences that followed America’s tragic interference in Southeast Asia.

A virtuosic new novel from Alice McDermott, one of our most observant, most affecting writers, about folly and grace, obligation, sacrifice, and, finally, the quest for absolution in a broken world.

About Alice McDermott
Alice McDermott is the author of nine novels, all published by FSG, including Charming Billy, winner of the National Book Award, and That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This, which were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications. She lives outside Washington, DC.

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ISBN: 9780374610487
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 31st, 2023