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Monday, Monday: A Novel
by Elizabeth Crook

Published: 2014-04-29
Hardcover : 352 pages
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In this gripping, emotionally charged novel, a tragedy in Texas changes the course of three livesOn an oppressively hot Monday in August of 1966, a student and former marine named Charles Whitman hauled a footlocker of guns to the top of the University of Texas tower and began firing on ...
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In this gripping, emotionally charged novel, a tragedy in Texas changes the course of three livesOn an oppressively hot Monday in August of 1966, a student and former marine named Charles Whitman hauled a footlocker of guns to the top of the University of Texas tower and began firing on pedestrians below. Before it was over, sixteen people had been killed and thirty-two wounded. It was the first mass shooting of civilians on a campus in American history.Monday, Monday follows three students caught up in the massacre: Shelly, who leaves her math class and walks directly into the path of the bullets, and two cousins, Wyatt and Jack, who heroically rush from their classrooms to help the victims. On this searing day, a relationship begins that will eventually entangle these three young people in a forbidden love affair, an illicit pregnancy, and a vow of secrecy that will span forty years. Reunited decades after the tragedy, they will be forced to confront the event that changed their lives and that has silently and persistently ruled the lives of their children.With electrifying storytelling and the powerful sense of destiny found in Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, and with the epic sweep of Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, Elizabeth Crook’s Monday, Monday explores the ways in which we sustain ourselves and one another when the unthinkable happens. At its core, it is the story of a woman determined to make peace with herself, with the people she loves, and with a history that will not let her go. A humane treatment of a national tragedy, it marks a generous and thrilling new direction for a gifted American writer.

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  "Monday, Monday"by donnanyc (see profile) 11/04/15

Of 11 members, only 1 had a negative review of the book. Everyone else liked it. The book club was able to sign on for the author's discussion and found that added to the experience.

 
  "Monday, Monday"by Jeanette T (see profile) 10/31/15

This book traces the lives of survivors of the 1966 Tower shooting at UT. In a time where school shootings are all too prevalent, it offers insight as to how one traumatic event can alter the perspective... (read more)

 
  "Good read"by ahossain (see profile) 10/12/15

a very good read for me.

 
  "MONDAY, MONDAY by Elizabeth Crook"by mistyviolet (see profile) 07/21/14

I was expecting more of a tale about the Texas tower massacre rather than a tale of damaged people and their secrets and the damage those secrets caused. That said the book was interesting... (read more)

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