This month we discuss Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey, 7-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8.
From the publisher: Olivier–an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville–is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected by an enigmatic one-armed marquis. When Olivier sets sail for the nascent United States–ostensibly to make a study of the penal system, but more precisely to save his neck from one more revolution–Parrot will be there, too: as spy for the marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, between their picaresque adventures apart and together–in love and politics, prisons and finance, homelands and brave new lands–a most unlikely friendship begins to take hold.
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