Join Chrissy Keuper on Monday, April 9 at 6:30 for a discussion of My Real Children by Jo Walton in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room.
It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is almost ninety. She's in a nursing home and has been suffering from dementia for years, but has lived a very full life. Or lives, rather. Because Patricia remembers two very distinct lives. Her childhood and time at Oxford remain one static memory, but after that, things diverge. In one life, she married her university boyfriend and had four children. Her marriage was unhappy, but she found fulfillment in local politics. In her other life, she became a successful travel writer, dividing her time between England and Italy. Children and love came later. The worlds around her are different, too. In one, fear and nuclear intimidation run rampant, and in the other, peace and international cooperation reign. But which was her real life? Combining both literary and science fiction elements, My Real Children explores issues of choice and fate.
Chrissy Keuper is former host of NPR's Morning Edition on WUOT, and is now a contributing writer at Cityview Magazine. Chrissy was born in Johnson City, but has been in Knoxville since 1998 and calls it home. She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from UT. In her free time, Chrissy most likely has her nose in a book, and she's looking forward to the discussion of My Real Children.