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 months of January & February 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.

In recognition of Veterans Day, the Westport Library, in partnership with the Westport Historical Society, produced a film featuring some of Westport military veterans and their stories. It was created by Westport filmmaker Jarret Liotta. See the film at this link, Community & Country, Spirit of Service.

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

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

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

This interactive World War I timeline, created by The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, begins on June 28, 1914, with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife (on right with their family) by a Serbian nationalist and the subsequent declaration of war on Serbia by Austria-Hungary a month later.

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 harrowing ... 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 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.