|June Authors: Emma Hooper 6/7||Book Group Favorites 2014|
We are delighted to host debut novelist Emma Hooper for the paperback release of her book Etta and Otto and Russell and James on Sunday, June 7th, at 3pm.
Nancy Pearl lists this as one of her "under the radar" summer reads, and it is recommended as a great book group read.
Set in both World War I and the late 20th century, the book tells the story of Etta, who settles in a small town in Saskatchewan, where she marries Otto. Now in her 80s, Etta feels bereft because she has never seen the ocean. One day Otto finds her note on the kitchen table: "I've never seen the water, so I've gone there. I will try to remember to come back."
Moving from the hot and dry present of a quiet Canadian farm to a dusty, burnt past of hunger, war, and passion, from trying to remember to trying to forget, Etta and Otto and Russell and James is an astounding literary debut "of deep longing, for reinvention and self-discovery, as well as for the past and for love and for the boundless unknown" (San Francisco Chronicle).
Watch this book trailer to learn more -- and come join us Sunday!
The top 3 booksin 2014 chosen by our book groups with a 3 way tie for third place! See all of our past book group favorites here.