October Book Club: Karen Joy Fowler - Booth

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm


Join us for our October Book Club as we welcome author Karen Joy Fowler to the virtual stage to speak with us about her most recent book Booth on Tuesday October 17th at 7:00pm on Zoom. This is a free, virtual event. Pre-registration is required. For our book clubs, folks are encouraged to read the book beforehand, as this discussion will be about the book in full. 



Best Book of the Year
Real Simple • AARP • USA Today • NPR • Virginia Living

Longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize

From the Man Booker finalist and bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves comes an epic and intimate novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth.

In 1822, a secret family moves into a secret cabin some thirty miles northeast of Baltimore, to farm, to hide, and to bear ten children over the course of the next sixteen years. Junius Booth—breadwinner, celebrated Shakespearean actor, and master of the house in more ways than one—is at once a mesmerizing talent and a man of terrifying instability. One by one the children arrive, as year by year, the country draws frighteningly closer to the boiling point of secession and civil war.

As the tenor of the world shifts, the Booths emerge from their hidden lives to cement their place as one of the country’s leading theatrical families. But behind the curtains of the many stages they have graced, multiple scandals, family triumphs, and criminal disasters begin to take their toll, and the solemn siblings of John Wilkes Booth are left to reckon with the truth behind the destructively specious promise of an early prophecy.

Booth is a startling portrait of a country in the throes of change and a vivid exploration of the ties that make, and break, a family.



Karen Joy Fowler is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including The Jane Austen Book Club and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which was the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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on Zoom
Booth By Karen Joy Fowler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593331453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 7th, 2023