The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal

The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal

A Novel

Book - 2009
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The girls of the Lacuna Cabal Montreal Young Women's Book Club are at a crossroads. One of their founding members is dead, they've made a few unfortunate compromises to their membership, some of them aren't getting any younger, and they've been stuck on a single weepy tome for six long months. Resident maverick Runner Coghill decides to shake things up by introducing a cherished family heirloom to the group -- ten pristine stone tablets, carved in cuneiform, telling the oldest story in the world: The Epic of Gilgamesh. Because their new book is written in an ancient language, the group must take the unprecedented step of allowing Runner to translate the whole story for them. But Runner's narration is not of a common vein. Before they know it, the Cabalists have been thrust out to sea, on a journey in search of answers that extends halfway across the world to the war-torn land of this oldest story's birth.

The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal is an offbeat rites-of-passage novel whose characters live out literature with ferocity and passion. It is a funny, quixotic debut that follows the members of a shallow, squabbling, time-wasting, protracted-adolescent book club as they find themselves transformed through the alchemy of the storyteller's art.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9781590513125
Branch Call Number: DIXON
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Girls who saw everything


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melwyk May 01, 2012

The basic story (and it's hard to say basic as it is a wildly inventive, crazy book) is that there is a group of women in Montreal who've started the Lacuna Cabal Montreal Young Women's Book Club. They read and then enact the stories they're reading. As we begin this book, they've come to a bit of a crisis point: it's time to decide on their next read, which, unbeknownst to them, turns out to be their last. The delightful nature of this book lies in its references to other books they've read (nearly all Canadian, nice touch) and to the tangled interpersonal relations of the Lacuna Cabal.

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