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The Diesel Readers discuss ZERO K, by Don Delillo

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Submitted by BradJohnson on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:17am

Monday, October 9


East Bay Booksellers welcomes you to The Diesel Readers Book Group discussion of Don Delillo's novel, Zero K. 

Jeffrey Lockhart's father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife, Artis Martineau, whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and Artis at the compound to say "an uncertain farewell" to her as she surrenders her body.

"We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn't it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?" These are the questions that haunt the novel and its memorable characters, and it is Ross Lockhart, most particularly, who feels a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world. For his son, this is indefensible. Jeff, the book's narrator, is committed to living, to experiencing "the mingled astonishments of our time, here, on earth."

Don DeLillo's "daring...provocative...exquisite" (The Washington Post) new novel weighs the darkness of the world--terrorism, floods, fires, famine, plague--against the beauty and humanity of everyday life; love, awe, "the intimate touch of earth and sun."

** The Diesel Readers are an ongoing group, open to all. **

Event date: 
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618
Zero K Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501138072
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - May 16th, 2017