WestportREADS

The WestportREADS program is dedicated to strengthening the community through the shared experience of a book or an author.

January-February 2018

Regeneration by Pat Barker

 

The Westport Library’s WestportREADS selection for 2018 is Regeneration by Pat Barker, a work of historical fiction that follows the experiences of soldiers during World War I. Read the book, attend programs related to the book throughout the month of January & Februrary as we explore themes of healing and perseverance on the centenary of the end of WWI. Companion books are Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo, Pax by Sara Pennypacker, Knit your Bit by Deborah Hopkinson and Dazzle Ships by Chris Barton. WestportREADS is an annual program dedicated to strengthening the community through the shared experience of a book.

Reserve a copy of Regeneration. Copies will be available at the Library for you to read and share with friends and neighbors.

To request a discussion leader for your group, contact Kathleen Malloy at kmalloy [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

Regeneration is the first novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed WWI trilogy, which continues with The Eye in the Door and culminates in the 1995 Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road. In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified “mentally unsound” and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon’s “sanity” and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man’s mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.

"Dramatic, moving, brilliantly harrowning ... a novel that makes the madness of war more than a metaphor."—The New York Times Book Review

Pat Barker is most recently the author of the novels Toby’s Room and Life Class, as well as the highly acclaimed Regeneration Trilogy: Regeneration; The Eye in the Door, winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize; and The Ghost Road, winner of the Booker Prize; as well as seven other novels. She lives in the north of England.

Pat Barker discusses Regeneration—from The Guardian

WestportREADS 2018 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

 


Previous WestportREADS books include:

 
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Snow in August by Pete Hamill


When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon


The Soloist by Mark Salzman


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa


Zeitoun by Dave Eggers


I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn

 


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

          
          My Life in France by Julia Child

          dubliners

          Dubliners by James Joyce

 

 Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride 


Bettyville by George Hodgman


Regeneration by Pat Barker

 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.