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September - December 2013
The Light Between Oceans by
Publication Date: 2012-07-31
Meeting Dates: September 18 & 19
A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.
The Buddha in the Attic by
Publication Date: 2012-03-20
Meeting Dates: October 16 & 17
This is the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as picture brides nearly a century ago. In eight unforgettable sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from their arduous journeys by boat, to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; from their experiences raising children who would later reject their culture and language, to the deracinating arrival of war.
The Sandcastle Girls by
Publication Date: 2012-07-17
Meeting Dates: November 20 & 21
This tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012. When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, and comes to realize that he has fallen in love with the wealthy, young American woman who is so different from the wife he lost.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by
Publication Date: 2012-12-06
Meeting Dates: December 17 & 18 (Thurs. club meeting on Tues.)
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
January - March 2014
Publication Date: 2013-03-26
Meeting Dates: January 15 & 16
When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn't wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner. What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time.
The Known World by
Publication Date: 2003-08-14
Meeting Dates: February 19 & 20
Henry Townsend, a black bootmaker and former slave in antebellum Virginia, becomes a proprietor of his own plantation--as well as his own slaves. This modern masterpiece explores what happens when he dies and "the known world" unravels.
The Shoemaker's Wife by
Publication Date: 2012-04-03
Meeting Dates: March 19 & 20
The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon, Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father. Unbeknownst to one another, they both build fledgling lives in America: Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job in Hoboken. Fate intervenes and reunites them, but it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza, determined to forge a life without him, begins her impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House.
April - June 2014
The Round House by
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
Meeting Dates: April 16 & 17
National Book Award Winner One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.
As Sweet As Honey by
Publication Date: 2013-02-12
Meeting Dates: May 21 & 22
In her latest novel, Indira Ganesan, a graduate of Nanuet High School, gives us an enchanting story of family life set on a gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean. Mina tells the story of her aunt Meterling, who discovers she is pregnant shortly after losing her British husband during their marriage ceremony. The close family becomes torn between Eastern and Western ideas of love, duty and loyalty.
The Burgess Boys by
Publication Date: 2013-03-26
Meeting Dates: June 18 & 19
Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan--the Burgess sibling who stayed behind--urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.