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Events & Programs

March 9 (NEW DATE!): Book Group: "Etta & Otto & Russell & James"

Date: 03/09/18 10:30 am

NEW DATE: Book Discussion is on FRIDAY, March 8 at 10:30 am!!!

Postponed due to snowstorm on Thu 3/8.


The North Conway Library’s book club is reading "Etta & Otto & Russell & James” by Emma Hooper and will discuss it on March 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Library.


This is an open group.  Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member.  The group meets on the second Thursday of each month. Copies of the book are available at the North Conway Library. For details call (603) 356-2961.


About the Book:


Etta's greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And so, at the age of eighty-two she gets up very early one morning, takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 2,000 miles to water.


Meanwhile her husband Otto waits patiently at home, left only with his memories. Their neighbor Russell remembers too, but differently - and he still loves Etta as much as he did more than fifty years ago, before she married Otto. 


Etta and Otto and Russell and James is an astounding literary debut “of deep longing, for reinvention and self-discovery, as well as for the past and for love and for the boundless unknown” (San Francisco Chronicle). “In this haunting debut, set in a starkly beautiful landscape, Hooper delineates the stories of Etta and the men she loved (Otto and Russell) as they intertwine through youth and wartime and into old age. It’s a lovely book you’ll want to linger over” (People).