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Happy Hour Book Group: “Absolution”

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting five book discussions in April. The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book. Zoom links are available on the Library’s website or you can email to be added to any of the groups’ email distribution lists. Funds for multiple copy sets were generously provided by Friends of Decorah Public Library.

The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. Wed. April 10 at 5:15 p.m. to discuss Alice McDermott’s “Absolution.” In Saigon in 1963, two young American wives form a wary alliance. Tricia is a starry-eyed newlywed, married to a rising oil engineer “on loan” to US Navy Intelligence. Charlene is a practiced corporate spouse and mother of three on a mission to relieve the “wretchedness” she sees all around her. When Tricia miscarries, Charlene sweeps her into a cabal of do-gooder American wives. Sixty years later, Charlene’s daughter reaches out to Tricia. As the two relive their shared experience in Saigon, they are forced to come to terms with the ways their lives have been shaped by Charlene’s pursuit of “inconsequential good.”

For more information, contact Tricia Crary (Friday Book Group) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.

  • Event Attendance Mode: Physical Event


Apr 10 2024


5:15 pm


Pulpit Rock Brewery


Kristin Torresdal
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