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Classics & Contemporary Book Discussion

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

2024-07-09 10:30:00 2024-07-09 11:30:00 America/Chicago Classics & Contemporary Book Discussion Join us to discuss Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton. Wilmette Public Library - Auditorium

Tuesday, July 09
10:30am - 11:30am

Add to Calendar 2024-07-09 10:30:00 2024-07-09 11:30:00 America/Chicago Classics & Contemporary Book Discussion Join us to discuss Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton. Wilmette Public Library - Auditorium

Join us to discuss Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton.

Birnam Wood is on the move . . .

A landslide has closed the Korowai Pass on New Zealand’s South Island, cutting off the town of Thorndike and leaving a sizable farm abandoned. The disaster presents an opportunity for Birnam Wood, an undeclared, unregulated, sometimes-criminal, sometimes-philanthropic guerrilla gardening collective that plants crops wherever no one will notice. For years, the group has struggled to break even. To occupy the farm at Thorndike would mean a shot at solvency at last.

But the enigmatic American billionaire Robert Lemoine also has an interest in the place: he has snatched it up to build his end-times bunker, or so he tells Birnam’s founder, Mira, when he catches her on the property. He’s intrigued by Mira, and by Birnam Wood; although they’re poles apart politically, it seems Lemoine and the group might have enemies in common. But can Birnam trust him? And, as their ideals and ideologies are tested, can they trust one another?

A gripping psychological thriller from the Booker Prize–winning author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton’s Birnam Wood is Shakespearean in its drama, Austenian in its wit, and, like both influences, fascinated by what makes us who we are. A brilliantly constructed study of intentions, actions, and consequences, it is a mesmerizing, unflinching consideration of the human impulse to ensure our own survival. (From the publisher)

Copies of the book are available here. Ebook copies are available through Digital Library of Illinois or the Libby app.

For those who would like to purchase a copy of Birnam Wood, please support our local independent bookstore, The Book Stall at 811 Elm Street in Winnetka.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Book Group |

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