The “Open Afternoon Book Club” for adults at the Cazenovia Public Library meets in the Story Garden every third Wednesday at 1:00 pm.
The October 21st selection, The Whistling Season by Montana native Ivan Doig, is a coming-of-age story, set in rural eastern Montana and told in flashbacks that thoughtfully evoke a lost time and place.
Here, Doig tells a nostalgic, bittersweet story about a widower, his three sons, and the year these boys spend in a one-room country schoolhouse. It begins with the father, Oliver, hiring a widowed housekeeper named Rose from Minneapolis, who says she “Can’t Cook but Doesn’t Bite”.
With her when she arrives is her unconventional brother Morrie, who is something of a scholar and soon finds himself pressed into service as a replacement teacher. During the course of the novel, these intriguing and unpredictable characters come together in an affectionate, heartwarming tale that celebrates a vanished way of life and laments its passing. (Library Journal)
Ivan Doig is the author of ten previous books. A former ranch hand, newspaperman, and magazine editor, he holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle.
Book clubs at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public. Books are available at the circulation desk, and all are welcome.
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