About the Event
This event is part of Cambridge Literary Festival's online Book Club series, in which we’ll be delving between the covers to examine the merits of a carefully chosen and remarkable book. You are invited to join in, as host Alex Clark settles down with a writer or fellow book lover for an entertaining evening of sparkling chat. If possible, do read the book in advance for maximum enjoyment.
‘Nobody pushes the language, and the heart, and the two together, quite like Sebastian Barry does.’ – Ali Smith
Twice Booker Prize shortlisted Irish author Sebastian Barry joins us for our April book club event with his powerful latest book, A Thousand Moons.
Following Days Without End, which maps a fictionalised version of the author’s own family history and traces the story of two soldiers who find intimacy amidst the civil war, A Thousand Moons sees Barry turn unflinchingly to questions of identity, race, and sexuality.
Barry unfolds the story through the voice of Winona, member of the Lakota tribe, which has been brutalised by the civil war, and adopted daughter of Thomas McNulty and John Cole (the two central characters from his previous book). Set on a starvecrow farm in Tennessee during the politically fragmented and uncertain post-war period, violence strikes Winona’s life once more and she sets off, concealed and protected by male clothing, in search of revenge.
Join Barry alongside writer, broadcaster and chair Alex Clark to explore this captivating piece of historical fiction that speaks to contemporary politics in America and beyond.