In the early 1950s, an 11-year-old boy boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table”—as far from the Captain’s Table as can be—with a ragtag group of adults and two other boys. The boys tumble from one adventure to another.
One man talks with them about jazz and women, another opens the door to literature. The narrator’s beautiful cousin Emily becomes his confidante, allowing him to see himself “with a distant eye” and to feel the first stirring of desire. Another cat’s table denizen is perhaps more than what she seems. The boys spy on a prisoner, his crime and his fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever.
Our discussion group meets in the Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor of Central Library’s Rundel Building. No reservations are required.
Group Moderator: Carol Moldt
Librarian, Central’s Literature Division
2012 Brown Bag Book Discussions