October 1st, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Exhibition Insights Fiction Book Discussion Series
A new series! Join a docent-led tour of our current exhibition followed by a book discussion to gain greater insight into the historical context of the exhibit. Professional moderator Kelle Ruden will lead the book discussions.
In the fall of 1916, America prepares for war―but in the community of Tamarack Lake; the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the large public sanatorium. Prisoners of routine, they take solace in gossip, rumor, and―sometimes―secret attachments. But when the well-meaning efforts of one enterprising patient lead to a tragic accident and a terrible betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it a surge of anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilante sentiment.
Before our discussion, tour our new exhibit Taking the Cure to explore public health in Westport’s two sanitariums and how the country managed the welfare of its citizens.
“Like an elegant ghost story, narrated by a chorus of not-quite-innocent spectral bystanders.” —Washington Post Book World
“An evocative panorama of America…on the cusp of enormous change” (Newsday) by the National Book Award-winning author of Ship Fever.
This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended. Reserve your space online here or by calling 203-222-1424 ext. 5. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form.