Joe & Annie's Eclectic Book Club - June - "The Watch"

Read The Watch and join the discussion. Open to all. New members always welcome.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to spend about 15 minutes of our discussion on speaker phone with the author, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya.  He has visited Lift Bridge twice and did a previous speaker phone visit with our book group last year when we discussed his book Storyteller Of Marrakesh.  This is a rare opportunity to talk with one of the premier novelists of our time.
Event date: 
Thursday, 27 June 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
45 Main St.
14420-1903 Brockport
The Watch: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307955913
Availability: Not Currently on our Shelf.
Published: Hogarth - March 12th, 2013

Following a desperate night-long battle, a group of beleaguered soldiers in an isolated base in Kandahar are faced with a lone woman demanding the return of her brother’s body. Is she a spy, a black widow, a lunatic? Or is she what she claims to be: a grieving young sister intent on burying her brother according to local rites? Single-minded in her mission, she refuses to move from her spot on the field in full view of every soldier in the stark outpost. Her presence quickly proves dangerous as the camp’s tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil when the men begin arguing about what to do next.
Told from various points of view, including those of the U.S. soldiers, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s heartbreaking and haunting novel takes a timeless tragedy and hurls it into present-day Afghanistan. Taking its cues from the Antigone myth, Roy-Bhattacharya recreates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of battle, and conveys the inevitable repercussions felt by the soldiers, and their families, and especially one sister. The result is the most powerful expression to date of the nature and futility of war.

The Storyteller of Marrakesh: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393340617
Availability: Special Order - Price Subject to Change
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 13th, 2012

The first in an ambitious cycle of novels set in the Islamic world, "The Storyteller of Marrakesh" is an elegant exploration of the nature of reality and our shifting perceptions of truth.