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Evening Book Group Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Evening Book Group
Event typeBook Group
WhereMontlake Branch
Room LocationDon G. and Jane Markham Abel Meeting Room
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us for a book group at the Montlake Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Cloud Atlas" by Liam Callanan.
Book DescriptionSet against the magnificent backdrop of Alaska in the waning days of World War II, "The Cloud Atlas" is an enthralling debut novel, a story of adventure and awakening--and of a young soldier who came to Alaska on an extraordinary, top-secret mission...and found a world that would haunt him forever. Drifting through the night, whisper-quiet, they were the most sublime manifestations of a desperate enemy: Japanese balloon bombs. Made of rice paper, at once ingenious and deadly, they sailed thousands of miles across the Pacific...and once they started landing, the U.S. scrambled teams to find and defuse them, and then keep them secret from an already anxious public.

Eighteen-year-old Louis Belk was one of those men. Dispatched to the Alaskan frontier, young Sergeant Belk was better trained in bomb disposal than in keeping secrets. And the mysteries surrounding his mission only increased when he met his superior officer--a brutal veteran OSS spy hunter who knew all too well what the balloons could do--and Lily, a Yup'ik Eskimo woman who claimed she could see the future. Louis's superior ushers him into a world of dark secrets; Lily introduces Louis to an equally disorienting world of spirits--and desire. But the world that finally tests them all is Alaska, whose vastness cloaks mysteries that only become more frightening as they unravel. Chasing after the ghostly floating weapons, Louis embarks upon an adventure that will lead him deep into the tundra. There, on the edge of the endless wilderness, he will make a discovery and a choice that will change the course of his life. At once a heart-quickening mystery and a unique love story, 'The Cloud Atlas" is also a haunting, lyrical rendering of a little-known chapter in history. Brilliantly imagined, beautifully told, this is storytelling at its very best.
View in Catalog"The Cloud Atlas" by Liam Callanan
Next Month's Title"All Our Names" by Dinaw Mengestu
NotesThis group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.
Contact InfoMontlake Branch 206-684-4720 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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