“Carolyn, blood-drenched and barefoot, walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 78.” So opens the contemporary dark fantasy, “The Library at Mount Char” by Scott Hawkins, our Titles on Tap book for September. The story follows a group of people who call themselves “librarians.” They were all raised by a man they call “Father,” who has been to them father, teacher, god, and tormentor – and who is now missing. Is this a weird brainwashed cult living on a compound? Are we looking at a near-future dystopia, and does the America we know still exist? Can the librarians’ strange abilities possibly be real, or are they pure imagination? What power does the Father hold, and if he’s really gone, which librarian will usurp that power?
Beautiful and brutal, this book is hard to put down. We have copies of the book and audiobook at Reference, and the audio is available for instant download from hoopla. Pick up a copy and join us on Tuesday September 27 at 7:30 pm at Napper Tandy’s in Norwood. If the weather is still nice, hey, we might try the deck, otherwise we’ll be in the left-hand-side bar. Cheers!