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After The End Adult Book Discussion Group

Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
At the Athens-Clarke County Library

"This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper." - T. S. Eliot

The world has ended? What's not to love? We know it's not really over. There is still a story to tell. Sometimes it's a story about how the end came; sometimes it's a story of those who survive. If you enjoy these explorations, you will enjoy AFTER THE END, book discussion group dedicated to Post-Apocalyptic fiction and the readers who love it. Questions? Contact Eddie Whitlock, ewhitlock@athenslibrary.org.


The Handmaid's Tale

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Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00 pm

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: A gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules. - Publisher


Upcoming Selections

Aftermath

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Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 pm

Aftermath by LeVar Burton: The United States of 2019 is a very different place. Economic depression, an enormous earthquake, and the assassination of a black President-elect have turned the country into a war zone. Four people, each as different and troubled as the next, are the nation's last hope. But can they overcome the devastation and build a new world?

Never Let Me Go

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Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro:

In one of the most acclaimed novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life. - Publisher

The Gone World

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Thursday, August 2, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch: 1997. Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In Pennsylvania she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL's family and locate his vanished teenage daughter. The SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra-- a ship assumed lost to the currents of Deep Time. Moss believes the SEAL's experience with time travel, and his knowledge of the future, has triggered this violence. She travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, and discovers that it's not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work: hurtling toward the present is the Terminus, the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself. - Publisher