Dog-Eared Books Official Book Club
The Dog-Eared Books “Official” Book Club reads and discusses noteworthy new fiction and nonfiction titles. Join us!
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 attorney on loan to navy intelligence. Charlene is a practiced corporate spouse and mother of three, a beauty and 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.
Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us February 29, for a thoughtful and entertaining discussion about Absolution by Alice McDermott. This book club is free to anyone who wishes to participate. No registration necessary.
Content Warnings for Official Book Club 2024
Content Warnings for Absolution
Content Warnings for The Future
Content Warnings for Poverty, By America
Content Warnings for The Morningside
Content Warnings for Wandering Stars
Dates and books of upcoming 2024 Dog-Eared Books Official Book Club:
|February 29 at 10 AM
Absolution by Alice McDermott
|March 21 at 10 AM
The Future by Naomi Alderman
|April 18 at 10 AM
Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond
|May 16 at 10 AM
Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar
|June 20 at 10 AM
The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers by Samuel Burr