Adult Fiction DIXON
Summary: "The individuals that make up the Lacuna Cabal Montreal Young Women's Book Club-if you include auxiliary members and hangers-on-add up to twelve. The number is reduced to ten if you exclude the two narrators (which seems unkind though they would be the first to admit they have little effect on the action) and marked up to thirteen if you include the hexapod, a small six-legged AI device designed to scuttle away from the light and into the shadows. There are a bunch of them, however you tally it, and they're all just trying to read a book." -SEAN DIXON The Lacuna Cabal Montreal Young Women's Book Club loves to bring to life tableaux from the books they read. But when they begin to enact the Epic of Gilgamesh in the early days of the Iraq War, the book begins to enact their lives instead, sending the Cabalists across the globe in search of a wise man who will hopefully have all the answers. Cross-dressing Aline becomes obsessed with the Baghdad Blogger, Missy with the ticking of her biological clock, Romy with Emmy, and Emmy with the creator of the fitzbot, an ambulatory artificial-intelligence experiment. At the center of it all is Runner Coghill and her little brother Neil, who are still mourning the death of their sister and who brought to the group the ten priceless cuneiform Gilgamesh tablets of seemingly ancient origin. 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 will hold you to its heart, following along with a group of friends who find a family of sorts within their book club, who learn to cope with love, and the lack of it, loss, and the lack of that, and with growing up in a world that is falling apart around them.
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