DARIEN, Conn. — The Darien Library continues its "Fall Book Discussion Series" with Colum McCann’s "TransAtlantic" at 7 p.m. Oct. 30.
The book details three ocean crossings connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history:
- Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators — Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown — set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War.
- Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause — despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.
- New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion.
Library staff members will lead the discussions. The library has copies of the books available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the book is not necessary to attend the discussion.