Novel Discussion Book Club - Barkskins

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Meet with the Novel Discussion Book Club on the last Wednesday of every month!

This month's book is Barkskins, by Annie Proulx:

In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years—their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions—the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.

You can check out a copy of Barkskins, by Annie Proulx on Overdrive as an eAudiobook here:

You can check out a copy of Barkskins, by Annie Proulx on Overdrive as an ebook here:

Prefer a print copy to read? You can request a copy from our catalog here:

Want to listen to it on CD instead? You can request an audiobook version here :

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