Please join us for a discussion of the acclaimed novel The Gloaming with the author Melanie Finn. It will be an open discussion with bookseller Carin Pratt facilitating. We will meet at the store at 6pm and request two things:
You read the book before to inform the discussion
You sign up to participate so we know how many are coming
Shortlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize, The Gloaming is an adventurous, haunting novel of guilt, atonement, and hope. Pilgrim's husband left her for another woman, stranding her in a Swiss town where she is involved in an accident that leaves three children dead. Cleared of responsibility though overcome with guilt, she absconds to Africa, befriending a series of locals each with their own tragic past.
Melanie Finn was born and raised in Kenya until age eleven, when she moved with her family to Connecticut. She is the author of the novel Away From You and wrote DisneyNature's beautiful, haunting flamingo epic The Crimson Wing, which was directed by her husband, filmmaker Matt Aeberhard. During the filming, Melanie established The Natron Healthcare Project, and now lives in Vermont with Matt and their twin daughters.
"In this richly textured, intricately plotted novel, [Finn] assures us that heartbreak has the same shape everywhere. The Gloaming is chillingly cinematic in contrasting East Africa's exquisite landscape with the region's human needs. Yet even in a malevolent setting, Finn shows us acts of selflessness and redemption. Her fascination with the duality of Africa -- "the most honest place on earth" -- shines fiercely."
--Lisa Zeidner, New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice
Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as space is limited, and we ask that you have read the book in advance. Please call 802-649-1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to save a seat.
"Deeply satisfying. Finn is a remarkably confident and supple storyteller. The Gloaming] deserves major attention."
--John Williams, New York Times