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The End of Loneliness

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04.01.2023 - Article

This month’s pick at the European Union Book Club in Ottawa comes from Germany: The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells. This book review takes place online (Zoom).

European Book Club: The End of Loneliness (Online)

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 6:00 pm (EST) / 3:00 pm (PST) / 4:00 pm (MST)
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About the book:
When their idyllic childhood is shattered by the sudden death of their parents, siblings Marty, Liz and Jules are sent to a bleak state boarding school. Once there, the orphans' lives change tracks: Marty throws himself into academic life; Liz is drawn to dark forms of escapism; and Jules transforms from a vivacious child to a withdrawn teenager.

The only one who can bring him out of his shell is his mysterious classmate Alva, who hides a dark past of her own, but despite their obvious love for one another, the two leave school on separate paths.

Years later, just as it seems that they can make amends for time wasted, the past catches up with them, and fate - or chance - will once again alter the course of a life.

Told through the fractured lives of the siblings, The End of Loneliness is a heartfelt, enriching novel about loss and loneliness, family and love.

“Dazzling ”

- John Irving

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