Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Michael Ondaatje for a reading and signing of his new novel, Warlight.
This event is free and open to the public. In order to join the signing line and have any books signed at this event, you must purchase a copy of Warlight from Parnassus Books either in-store, over the phone, or online. Your purchase will include a signing line ticket that will serve as your admission into the signing line. As a Salon@615 patron, you will receive 10% off!
From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient comes a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.
In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself–shadowed and luminous at once–we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings’ mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn’t know and understand in that time, and it is this journey–through facts, recollection, and imagination–that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.
Michael Ondaatje is the author of six previous novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. The English Patient won the Booker Prize; Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje now lives in Toronto.
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Salon@615 presents bestselling authors free to the public through a unique partnership between the Nashville Public Library, The Nashville Public Library Foundation, Humanities Tennesse, BookPage magazine, and Parnassus Books. Together, we nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting author events and book signings to our community. Since its inception in early 2011, Salon@615 has become a regular and vital author reading series on Nashville's cultural calendar.