Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library
Book Discussion led by Richard Fox
Dreamers of the Day
by Mary Doria Russell
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the general public
Join the Friends of the Library as Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, leads the last book discussion of the spring semester. With prose as graceful and effortless as a seductive float down the Nile, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that brilliantly elucidates today's headlines.
In Dreamers of the Day, Agnes Shanklin, a forty-year-old schoolteacher from Ohio, has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference convenes, she is freed for the first time from her mother's withering influence and finds herself being wooed by a handsome, mysterious German. At the same time, Agnes - with her plainspoken American opinions - is drawn into the company of Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, and Lady Gertrude Bell, who will, in the space of a few days, redraw the world map to create the modern Middle East. As they change history, Agnes too will find her own life transformed forever. -- Ballantine Books
Mary Doria Russell is the author of The Sparrow, Children of God, and A Thread of Grace. Her novels have won nine national and international literary awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James Tiptree Award, and the American Library Association Readers Choice Award. The Sparrow was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly's ten best books of the year, and A Thread of Grace was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
In addition to this book discussion, led by Richard Fox, Mary Doria Russell will visit Cleveland State University on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 as part of the Local Authors Book Talk Series.