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OUR AUGUST TITLE IS "WARLIGHT" BY MICHAEL ONDAATJE

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Photo of author Michael OndaatjeMEET THE AUTHOR 

The Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation's William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series will welcome Michael Ondaatje at the Maltz Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Series tickets are on sale now.  

Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers whose artistry and aesthetic have influenced an entire generation of writers and readers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses poetry, memoir and film. His transcendent novel The English Patient explores the intersection of four diverse lives at the end of World War II. This best-selling novel was later made into an Academy Award-winning film. In 2018, The English Patient was named the best winner of the Booker prize of the last 50 years, in a public vote. Ondaatje’s latest novel is Warlight (2018).

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Warlight by Michael Ondaatje book coverAbout the book

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.


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