Fiction Book Club: The Silence of the Girls

Please join us for a discussion of Pat Barker's novel, The Silence of the Girls.

Here is the story of the Iliad as we've never heard it before: in the words of Briseis, Trojan queen and captive of Achilles. Given only a few words in Homer's epic and largely erased by history, she is nonetheless a pivotal figure in the Trojan War. In these pages she comes fully to life: wry, watchful, forging connections among her fellow female prisoners even as she is caught between Greece's two most powerful warriors. Her story pulls back the veil on the thousands of women who lived behind the scenes of the Greek army camp--concubines, nurses, prostitutes, the women who lay out the dead--as gods and mortals spar, and as a legendary war hurtles toward its inevitable conclusion. Brilliantly written, filled with moments of terror and beauty, The Silence of the Girlsgives voice to an extraordinary woman--and makes an ancient story new again.

Pat Barker is the author of Union StreetBlow Your House DownLiza's EnglandThe Man Who Wasn't There, the Regeneration trilogy ( RegenerationThe Eye in the Door, and The Ghost Road, which won the Booker Prize), Another WorldBorder CrossingDouble Vision, and the Life Class trilogy (Life ClassToby's Room, and Noonday). She lives in Durham, England.

Book club discussions are always free and open to the public. 

Event date: 

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Battenkill Books
15 E. Main St.
Cambridge, NY 12816

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