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The Charlotte "Charlie" Alexander Book Discussion Group
Emma & Otto & Russell & James by Emma Hooper
- Date: 02/14/2018 9:15 am - 11:00 am
- Location: Central Library Friends Room
1000 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach, California 92660
- Introduction: The group is free and reservations are not required. Authors are not present unless noted.
Everyone is welcome.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
Eighty-three-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Saskatchewan, Canada eastward to the sea. As Etta walks further toward the crashing waves the lines among memory, illusion, and reality blur.
Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. “I will try to remember to come back,” Etta writes to her husband. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago to fight in a far-away war. He understands. But with Etta gone, the memories come crowding in and Otto struggles to keep them at bay. Meanwhile, their neighbor Russell has spent his whole life trying to keep up with Otto and loving Etta from afar. Russell insists on finding Etta, wherever she’s gone. Leaving his own farm will be the first act of defiance in his life.
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