Please join us for a book club conversation at any of our meetings. No need to sign up – you can just drop in! This month we are discussing the One Book One Community (OBOC) selection – Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady. To learn more about OBOC and upcoming related events go to http://oboc.ca
Monday, August 14 at 7 p.m. – Main Library Auditorium
Thursday, August 17 at 1:30 p.m. – Main Library Boardroom
Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady
How far would a son go to escape his past? And how far will a father go to help him?
With his wicked grin and confident swagger, navy musician Jack Lewis evokes Frank Sinatra whenever he takes the stage. While stationed in Newfoundland during the Second World War, Jack meets Vivian Fanshawe, a local girl who has never stepped off the Rock. They marry against the wishes of Vivian’s family—hard to say what it is, but there’s something about Jack they just don’t like—and as the war ends, the couple travels to Windsor, Ontario, to meet Jack’s family.
But when Vivian encounters Jack’s mother and brother, everything she thought she knew about her husband—his motives, his honesty, even his race—is called into question. And as the truth about the Lewis family tree emerges, life for Vivian and Jack will never be the same.
Told from the perspective of three unforgettable characters—Vivian, the innocent newlywed; Jack, her beguiling and troubled husband; and William Henry, Jack’s stoic father—this extraordinary novel explores the cost of prejudice on generation after generation. Steeped in the jazz and big band music of the 1930s and 1940s, this is an arresting, heart-rending novel about fathers and sons, love and denial, and race relations in a world on the cusp of momentous change.
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