Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Mac's Backs Book Club discusses A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet

An indelible and haunting novel that explores the loss of childhood, intergenerational conflict, and humanity's complacency in the face of its own demise. Lydia Millet's multilayered new novel - her first since the National Book Award Longlist Sweet Lamb of Heaven -- follows a group of children and their families on summer vacation at a lakeside mansion. The teenage narrator Eve and the other children are contemptuous of their parents, who spend the days and nights in drunken stupor. This tension heightens when a great storm arrives and throws the house and its residents into chaos. Named for a picture Bible given to Eve's little brother Jack, A Children's Bible is loosely structured around events and characters that often appear in collections of Bible stories intended for young readers. These narrative touchstones are imbedded in a backdrop of environmental and psychological distress as the children reject the parents for their emotional and moral failures-in part as normal teenagers must, and in part for their generation's passivity and denial in the face of cataclysmic change. In A Children's Bible, Millet offers brilliant commentary on the environment and human weakness and a vision of what awaits us on the other side of Revelations.

This superb novel begins as a generational comedy...and turns steadily darker...[I]n this time of great upheaval, [Lydia Millet] implies, our foundational myths take on new meaning and hope.--New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

With this slim yet potent book, [Millet] shows it is even possible to coax pleasure and beauty from the uncomfortable work of highlighting unfortunate truths.--Emily Bobrow - Wall Street Journal

Lydia Millet has won awards from PEN Center USA and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives outside Tucson, Arizona

The book will be available at Mac's Backs or through our website at the 20% book club discount.

We are going to try an outdoor meeting this month! Weather permitting, we will meet at the Coventry Peace Arch, near the library. Bring a chair, your mask, and your best social distancing instincts. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we will meet via Zoom

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Event address: 
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Hts, OH 44118
A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393867381
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 16th, 2021