Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, November 9, 6:00 PM ET
Fiction Book Group with Alexis
Discussing The Judges of the Secret Court by David Stacton
Led (virtually!) by former Greenlight general manager Alexis, our fiction book group meets monthly to discuss paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For November, the group discusses David Stacton’s historical novel The Judges of the Secret Court: A Novel About John Wilkes Booth. A long-lost triumph of American fiction as well as one of the finest books ever written about the Civil War, Stacton’s novel about how the roles we play become, for better or for worse, the lives we lead, takes us back to the day of Lincoln’s assassination, immersing us in the farrago of bombast that fills Wilkes’s head while following his footsteps up to the fatal encounter at Ford’s Theatre. But more than “just a novel about John Wilkes Booth”, The Judges of the Secret Court is “a vision of what life and the world do to us.” (The Washington Post)
David Stacton’s The Judges of The Secret Court is a long-lost triumph of American fiction as well as one of the finest books ever written about the Civil War. Stacton’s gripping and atmospheric story revolves around the brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, members of a famous theatrical family.