'One Book' 2008 Pick Announced

Organizers of the “One Book, One Community” program have announced that the 2008 featured selection is The Shadow of the Wind, an international literary bestseller by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.


“One Book, One Community” is designed to bring Marquette County residents and students together to read and discuss the same novel.


The Shadow of the Wind is set in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War. Young Daniel Sempere’s father takes him to a place called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, where he is told to adopt a book to keep its memory alive. He picks The Shadow of the Wind by a writer named Julian Carax and is so impressed that he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work.


Daniel is shocked to discover that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. His seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets: an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. Daniel realizes that if he doesn’t find out the truth about Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly.


The local “One Book” program is in its third year. Previous selections were Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle.


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