• Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Lake Forest Park

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Our next book is a novel called, “Barren Island” by Carol Zoref. 

WINNER OF THE AWP AWARD FOR THE NOVEL

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FICTION LONGLIST

Told from the point-of-view of Marta Eisenstein Lane on the occasion of her 80th birthday, Barren Island is the story of a factory island in New York's Jamaica Bay, where the city's dead horses and other large animals were rendered into glue and fertilizer from the mid-19th century until the 1930's. The island itself is as central to the story as the members of the Jewish, Greek, Italian, Irish, and African-American factory families that inhabit it, including those who live their entire lives steeped in the smell of burning animal flesh.  

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