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JANUARY BOOK GROUP: “The Mere Wife” by Maria Dahvana Headley

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Free

Our monthly book group has been running since 2012: come along and discuss our chosen book!

Our ever-popular, longest running book group runs on the last Tuesday of the month. Run by one of our booksellers, we want people to come and relax in the surrounds of the bookshop with a glass of wine, and enjoy discussing a book. It’s informal, illuminating and a lot of fun!

How it works Reserve a space online for the next book group, or call/email/pop in to the shop to reserve a place. Please…

  • let us know in plenty time if you can no longer attend so we can offer your place to someone else.
  • turn up on time so we can begin the discussion promptly.
  • read the book before coming!

Our book group is back for 2020! And we’re reading the brilliant retelling of Beowulf, The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley. We were lucky enough to host the book launch for this novel when it came out in late-2018 and we just know our book group is going to love discussing it! 

 

‘Imagine the centaur-like hybrid of a Middle Ages warrior saga and a slow-burning drama of domestic ennui and you begin to get a sense of this spiky, arresting story … the novel plays ingeniously with its ancient source.’’

–The Wall Street Journal

 

To those who live there, Herot Hall is a paradise. With picket fences, gabled buildings, and wildflowers that seed themselves in ordered rows, the suburb is a self-sustaining community, enclosed and secure. But to those who live secretly along its periphery, Herot Hall is a fortress guarded by an intense network of gates, surveillance cameras, and motion-activated lights.

Dylan and Gren live on opposite sides of the perimeter, neither boy aware of the barriers erected to keep them apart. For Dylan and his mother, Willa, life moves at a charmingly slow pace. They flit between mothers’ groups, playdates, cocktail hours, and dinner parties. Gren lives with his mother, Dana, just outside the limits of Herot Hall. A former soldier, Dana didn’t want Gren, didn’t plan Gren, and doesn’t know how she got Gren. But now that she has him, she’s determined to protect him from a world that sees him only as a monster.

When Gren crosses the border into Herot Hall and runs off with Dylan, he sets up a collision between Dana’s and Willa’s worlds that echoes the Beowulf story — and gives sharp, startling currency to the ancient epic poem.

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Venue

Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh City EH3 5AQ United Kingdom
Website:
www.goldenharebooks.com

Organiser

Golden Hare Books
Website:
http://goldenharebooks.com

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