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Freemont Pubic Library Event: Above the Trenches of World War I – The Soldier and the Pigeon Who Saved Him

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



A virtual event in conjunction with the Freemont Public Library


Both heartbreaking and sharply funny…Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey is brilliant and surprising at every turn. Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer finalist for The Great Believers

From the green countryside of England and the gray canyons of Wall Street come two unlikely heroes: one a pigeon and the other a soldier. Answering the call to serve in the war to end all wars, neither Cher Ami, the messenger bird, nor Charles Whittlesey, the army officer, can anticipate how their lives will briefly intersect in a chaotic battle in the forests of France, where their wills will be tested, their fates will be shaped, and their lives will emerge forever altered.

A saga of hope and duty, love and endurance, as well as the claustrophobia of fame, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey is a tragic yet life-affirming war story that the world has never heard. Inspired by true events of World War I, Kathleen Rooney resurrects two long-forgotten yet unforgettable figures, recounting their tale in a pair of voices that will change the way readers look at animals, freedom, and even history itself.


Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, presents the stories behind her latest historical novel, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, based on true events of the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne in 1918. She will discuss both the heroic pigeon and the courageous Army officer, and how these two once famous, but now mostly forgotten figures came to inspire her most recent book.

This program will take place online; you will receive an email confirmation with the link when you register. Click that link at the start time to join us.