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Downtown Book Club

  • 09/14/2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Volo Restaurant & Wine Bar, 2008 W Roscoe St, Chicago


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We hope you will join the next gathering of the Downtown Book Club on Thursday, September 14 at Volo Restaurant & Wine Bar. This month's featured book is Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingslover. Accolades include the New York Times "Ten Best Books of 2022," Oprah’s Book Club selection, a New York Times Bestseller, a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, and a Washington Post Bestseller.

About the Book:

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

Many generations ago, Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield from his experience as a survivor of institutional poverty and its damages to children in his society. Those problems have yet to be solved in ours. Dickens is not a prerequisite for readers of this novel, but he provided its inspiration. In transposing a Victorian epic novel to the contemporary American South, Barbara Kingsolver enlists Dickens’ anger and compassion, and above all, his faith in the transformative powers of a good story. Demon Copperhead speaks for a new generation of lost boys, and all those born into beautiful, cursed places they can’t imagine leaving behind.

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