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January 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Discuss books that have the Great Lakes as setting or subject matter



A monthly book club discussing works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as a setting or as subject matter. This month’s selection is The Wanting Life by Mark Rader.


Set in Rome, Cape Cod, and Wisconsin over the course of the summer of 2009, and Rome during the spring of 1970, The Wanting Life tells the intertwined story of three members of the Novak family: Father Paul, a closeted gay Catholic priest who’s dying of cancer and has secrets he desperately wants to share; Britta, his self-destructive sister and caretaker who is struggling to find meaning in a world without her beloved husband; and Maura, Britta’s daughter, a 39-year-old artist who’s facing a choice between her husband and two children or the man she believes is her one true love. Featuring one of the most unconventional love stories you’ll read this year, The Wanting Life is both a compulsively readable family drama about the toll that secrets and loyalty can take on us, and a gorgeous meditation on the comforts (and limits) of faith and intimacy that calls to mind novels like Marilynne Robinson’s Home, Alice McDermott’s Charming Billy, and Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending.

Please note: we are monitoring the COVID crisis and recommendations from our local public health department. If possible, this discussion will take place in person, masks required, at either the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay or Write On’s center in Juddville. Please watch for updates or call 920.868.1457 for more information.


January 7, 2021
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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