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Saturday, July 11, 2009

ARC Arrival: The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal

The Last Days of Lacuna Cabal by Sean Dixon

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

I received this from Blue Dot Literary.

About the book: The girls of the Lacuna Cabal Montreal Young Women’s Book Club are at a crossroads. One of their founding members is dead, they’ve made a few unfortunate compromises to their membership, some of them aren’t getting any younger, and they’ve been stuck on a single weepy tome for six long months. Resident maverick Runner Coghill decides to shake things up by introducing a cherished family heirloom to the group — ten pristine stone tablets, carved in cuneiform, telling the oldest story in the world: The Epic of Gilgamesh. Because their new book is written in an ancient language, the group must take the unprecedented step of allowing Runner to translate the whole story for them. But Runner’s narration is not of a common vein. Before they know it, the Cabalists have been thrust out to sea, on a journey in search of answers that extends halfway across the world to the war-torn land of this oldest story’s birth.

The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal is an offbeat rites-of-passage novel whose characters live out literature with ferocity and passion. It is a funny, quixotic debut that follows the members of a shallow, squabbling, time-wasting, protracted-adolescent book club as they find themselves transformed through the alchemy of the storyteller’s art. (from Barnes & Noble website)

About the author: Sean Dixon is a writer and actor. His work has been published in The Globe and Mail, This Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, and Brick, A Literary Journal. Coach House Books published Dixon’s play collection, AWOL, and his young adult novel, The Feathered Cloak, was published by Key Porter. He lives and plays banjo in Toronto. (from Barnes & Noble website)

The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal
Publisher/Publication Date: Other Press, LLC, April 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59051-312-5
304 pages

Barnes & Noble


Anonymous said...

Sounds kind of intriguing! I'll be looking forward to your review!

Neas Nuttiness said...

Wow - this sound different. I'd be willing to give this one a try.

Rebecca :) said...

This sounds like a new twist on the book group story! I am interested to hear what you think of it.


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