Book Talks: End of Watch and My Name is Lucy Barton

end of watchEnd of Watch by Stephen King

It’s been five years since Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney, now partners in the Finders Keepers Detective Agency, thwarted Mercedes Killer Brady Hartsfield from blowing up thousands of preteens at a boy band concert and landed Brady in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic in a nearly vegetative state. When Bill and Holly are called to the scene of a murder suicide that seems to be linked to the Mercedes Massacre by Bill’s retiring ex-partner Pete, and then the sister of their friend Jerome Robinson tries to walk in front of an oncoming truck, they find themselves at the beginning of a rash of suicides that seem to be linked by one person. But how could that be when Hartsfield is tucked away in the hospital under the watchful eyes of his doctor? But now the nurses are talking and it seems that something spooky is stirring in Brady Hartsfield, and he can wreak havoc on the world without leaving his hospital room – now he has revenge on the people who put him there in his sights.

End of Watch by Stephen King is the last in the Bill Hodges trilogy, which includes Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. All are available to reserve in print and on cd at the Haliburton County Public Library.

my name is lucy bartonMy Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language.  My Name is Lucy Barton by American writer Elizabeth Strout has been longlisted for this prize.

Growing up in a dysfunctional household, Lucy Barton had a difficult childhood. Her father was abusive and while her mother loved Lucy, she was unable to protect her or her siblings from their father’s mood swings and crippling poverty. As a result Lucy would frequently take solace in reading, which led her to realize that she wanted to become a writer. When she came of age, Lucy quickly fled the family home for University on an academic scholarship where she continued to excel. Leaving her childhood and all it involved behind her, years later she reconnects with her mother when Lucy  is hospitalized and her mother comes to visit her.  This extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all–the one between mother and daughter.

My Name is Lucy Barton and twelve more Man Booker Prize longlist titles, including Canadian Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We have Nothing, can be reserved at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM August 21st – September 3rd, 2016.

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