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Tomorrow There Will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

Reading Group Guide Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots By Jessica Soffer   Introduction Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks, making croissants and chocolat chaud, seeking out rare ingredients, all to earn the love of her distracted chef of a mother. When Lorca is expelled from public school, her mother decides to pack her off [...]

Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller — Discussion Guide

Introduction A captivating debut novel, Norwegian by Night is by turns a pulse-pounding thriller and a luminous meditation on fate. Grudgingly leaving New York to move in with his granddaughter and her new husband in Norway, widower Sheldon Horowitz grapples with memories of loss, from the unspeakable scenes he witnessed as a Marine sniper in [...]

The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller

Introduction Iris Dupont is a young reporter who communes with the ghost of Edward R. Murrow. Jonah Kaplan is a failed microbiologist–turned–biology teacher who is haunted by the ghosts of his past. In The Year of the Gadfly, each embarks on a private investigation to uncover a secret society in their remote New England town. [...]

Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall

Introduction Amid the mayhem of the Civil War, Virginia plantation wife Iris Dunleavy is put on trial and convicted of madness. It is the only reasonable explanation the court can see for her willful behavior, so she is sent away to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a good, compliant woman. Iris knows, though, that [...]

The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. by Carole DeSanti

To read an interview with the author, see a schedule of events, and explore other features, visit www.caroledesanti.net. “Epic times make for epic books. The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is both sweeping in scope and painstaking in detail. Eugénie R.’s story, from naïve goose girl to resilient survivor, makes for wonderful, suspenseful reading.”—Karen Joy [...]

Accidents of Providence by Stacia Brown

About the Book Accidents of Providence, by Stacia M. Brown, depicts the life of an ordinary woman living in early modern London during the Interregnum, the kind of person often overlooked by the history books and films centered in the period. Even in her own time, Rachel Lockyer is hardly noticed by others: she is [...]

The Maid by Kimberly Cutter

Introduction   The girl who led an army, the peasant who crowned a king, the maid who became a legend It is the fifteenth century, and the tumultuous Hundred Years’ War rages on. France is under siege, English soldiers tear through the countryside destroying all who cross their path, and Charles VII, the uncrowned king, [...]

My American Unhappiness by Dean Bakopoulos

Introduction “Why are you so unhappy?” That’s the question that Zeke Pappas—a thirty-three-year-old widower and scholar who directs the Great Midwestern Humanities Initiative—asks almost everybody he meets as part of an obsessive project, “The Inventory of American Unhappiness.” Yet he remains delightfully oblivious to the increasingly harsh realities that threaten his own life, opting instead [...]

Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee

Introduction Anjali Bose is “Miss New India.” Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family and living in a backwater town with an arranged marriage on the horizon, Anjali’s prospects don’t look great. But her ambition and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her expat teacher, Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to [...]