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Zoom Book Club! "Deep River" by Karl Marlantes

Staff recommended.

From the bestselling author of "Matterhorn," a rich family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, set against the early labor movements, World War I, and the upheaval of early twentieth-century America.

Karl Marlantes's debut novel "Matterhorn" has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. In his new novel, Marlantes turns to another mode of storytelling--the family epic--to craft a stunningly expansive narrative of human suffering, courage, and reinvention.

In the early 1900s, as the oppression of Russia's imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings--Ilmari, Matti, and the politicized young Aino--are forced to flee to the United States. Not far from the majestic Columbia River, the siblings settle among other Finns in a logging community in southern Washington, where the first harvesting of the colossal old-growth forests begets rapid development, and radical labor movements begin to catch fire. The brothers face the excitement and danger of pioneering this frontier wilderness--climbing and felling trees one-hundred meters high--while Aino, foremost of the books many strong, independent women, devotes herself to organizing the industry's first unions. As the Koski siblings strive to rebuild lives and families in an America in flux, they also try to hold fast to the traditions of a home they left behind.

Layered with fascinating historical detail, this is a novel that breathes deeply of the sun-dappled forest and bears witness to the stump-ridden fields the loggers, and the first waves of modernity, leave behind. At its heart, "Deep River" is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity.

Just announced [Fall 2020]: "Deep River" won the 2020 Washington State Book Award for Fiction.

More information about The Washington State Book Awards here.

 

To prepare for our virtual book club:
1. Send us an email here: EdmondsBookshopBookClub@gmail.com to register your email for book club membership. We will send you an invitation with a Zoom Meeting link as each book club meeting is scheduled. Once you accept the invitation it will show up in your calendar.
2. If you are not already using Zoom for family or business virtual meetings signing up for your free Zoom account is very easy. Start here: Zoom
     Click on "SIGN UP, IT'S FREE" on the top right, fill in the info, and you're ready! You can choose to download the Zoom app to your desktop or continue to use Zoom in your browser. Alternatively you can download the Zoom app to your phone or tablet and sign up within the app. The Zoom app is available in the iOS and Android app stores.
[Zoom has some great help/testng for audio and video when you sign up... if you have any other issues/questions, or just would like a little help with any of the tech issues, please reach out and we will get you hooked up! Email us here.]
And then:
3. On the scheduled day and time, click on the book club meeting link in the invitation to launch Zoom and join the meeting. Though you shouldn't need to, you can also enter the Meeting ID, and password [case sensitive] if prompted. Susan will be the moderator/host of the meeting.
 
Bring a beverage of your choice, bring your book, and meet us to chat! If you're using Zoom for the first time, be sure to position your screen so that your appearance is as flattering as possible [lighting and screen positioning seem to be the keys!] Be sure you've turned your sound on so you can hear others. You can mute yourself so that background noises don't spoil the meeting, and un-mute yourself when you want to speak.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Address: 
111 5th Ave. South
Edmonds, WA 98020
Books: 
Deep River Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802148971
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - July 14th, 2020

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802145314
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2011