Book Discussion: [Thrilled] The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.
Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.
Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?
- Sunday, October 1, 2017 Show more dates
- 12:00am - 11:59pm
- --Off Site--
- Petaluma Regional Library
All robust mysteries and dense thrillers, this group is for those looking for an intricate plot that is expertly told through exceptional writing; or, you need something that keeps you guessing and you're not afraid of the dark.
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Discussions begin on the first of the month and extend through the month until the discussion thread is opened for the next book. The full book list is available on the group page. All titles are available in a variety of formats through the Sonoma County Library. Be sure to request yours in advance!