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Barrett Bookstore's Winter Book Club

Each season we pick a book that we have all especially enjoyed and would like to share with you, and we invite the author to come to Barrett Bookstore.

Join Us

to welcome Robin Black

author of Life Drawing

Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00 pm

for an evening of book talk

wine and cheese!


In their late forties and childless, Owen and  Augusta  leave the distractions of urban life  and move to an isolated farm house to pursue their art - he as a writer, she as a painter.  When Alison, a divorcee  escaping her own demons,  unexpectedly moves in next door, the fault lines in all their lives threaten to break  apart, revealing layer upon layer of grief, loss and love.  Robin Black is a master storyteller. Her prose is eloquent yet distilled. Again and again, in a sentence or phrase she evokes a whole life.  This is a wonderful  novel.   --Sheila Daley

 PRAISE FOR Life Drawing:

“Gripping . . . The power of this story is how it illuminates, in utterly compelling detail, the complex give-and-take of a couple trying to save their marriage once betrayal has entered the picture.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

“Life Drawing is a tour de force, a taut, suspenseful story so beautifully written that it took my breath away.—Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

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Congratulations Award Winners!


Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

Moving deftly from the POW camp to contemporary Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo and his comrades to those of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of love, death, and family, exploring the many forms of good and evil, war and truth, guilt and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.




FOR FICTION Phil Klay for Redeployment

FOR NONFICTION: Evan Osnos for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China

FOR POETRY: Louise Gluck for Faithful and Virtuous Night

FOR YOUNG PEOPLES LITERATURE: Jacqueline Woodson for Brown Girl Chasing

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