Tue., June 28, 2016 at 7:00pm


Tue., June 28, 2016 at 8:00pm

Event Venue

Salem Public Library

821 E. State St.

Salem, OH



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On June 28, 2016 from 7-8 p.m. attendees of the monthly adult book discussion group will reflect upon their impressions of the book “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens. It is the story of Joe Tolbert who must complete a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. When Joe visits a nursing home in search of a subject he is directed to Cal Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran and convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to the nursing home after spending thirty years in prison. As Joe writes about Cal’s life, especially Cal’s valor in Vietnam, he can’t reconcile the soldier’s heroism with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical neighbor, Lila, focus on uncovering the truth about Cal, but he must also deal with his alcoholic mother, guilt of leaving his autistic younger brother at home, and a troubling childhood memory. As Joe and Lila uncover circumstances of the crime the stakes grow higher. “The Life We Bury” deals with truth and lies and ultimately with questions of justice and redemption.

The book discussion group is open to the public and participation is free of cost. Attendees will meet in the library’s Quaker Room at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460. Copies of the book are available to borrow in the library’s Adult Services Department. Please stop in or call the library at 330-332-0042 for additional information.

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