Georgetown Book Club asks "What if?"

This spring, the Georgetown Book Club will be delving into a genre that not everyone is familiar with: Alternate History. Sometimes related to science fiction, these books imagine a world like our own, but with unique differences caused by a historical event that occurred differently than it did in our world. 

For instance, in April, we will be will be reading The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln a novel that asks the question, "What may have happened if Abraham Lincoln had survived his assassination attempt?" In law professor-turned-novelist Stephen Carter's imagining, Lincoln recovers and faces an impeachment trial for overstepping his authority as president, both during and after the Civil War. A legal thriller and murder mystery ensues, and while some of the twists and turns may stretch belief, they will still cause you to wonder "what if..."

In May, we will be reading The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon.  This is a noirish mystery novel with a major twist in the setting: Following World War II, a portion of Alaska was set aside to be the Jewish homeland through the year 2000. Now the territory is going to revert to the United States, the Jewish people will once again be without a home state, and the son of a well-known community leader has been murdered. Our detective must untangle religious and political knots before he can solve the murder of this young man who was rumored to be a messiah candidate. 


book cover The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
by Stephen Carter
Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
book cover The Yiddish Policemen's Union
by Michael Chabon 
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. 


Copies of both books will be available at the Georgetown Library, so read one or both and tell us what you think!