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'The Vaster Wilds' by Lauren Groff. The book sits on a shelf. There's a scraggly tree on the cover.

Anna Bauman

'The Vaster Wilds' by Lauren Groff. The book sits on a shelf. There's a scraggly tree on the cover.

Anna Bauman

Nerdette Book Club: ‘The Vaster Wilds,’ discussed!

Anna Bauman

   

Nerdette Book Club is back to discuss our October selection, Lauren Groff’s The Vaster Wilds. It’s about a girl in early American colonial history who runs away from the Jamestown settlement during a period of starvation. She then struggles to survive in the woods during freezing cold days and nights, armed with only a pewter cup and leather gloves.

We asked long-distance dogsledder Blair Braverman, the author of the novel Small Game, and MJ Franklin, an editor for the New York Times Book Review, to dig into the book with us. This conversation does include spoilers. So, if you have yet to crack open a copy, you can listen to our spoiler-free interview with Lauren Groff in the feed.

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