As the Worm Turns

The As the Worm Turns Book Group will discuss The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins (Seventh Street Books, $15.95). College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Betsy Von Kerens will facilitate the discussion.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The Bookworm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781616149987
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Seventh Street Books - October 14th, 2014