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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 [...]

What is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman

  Introduction Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is suddenly orphaned when his parents, within hours of each other, jump off two different bridges—the result of their separate involvements with the same compelling neighbor, a Halifax switchboard operator and aspiring actress. The suicides cause Wyatt to move to small-town Middle Economy to live with his uncle, aunt, and [...]

A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

Introduction On the eve of World War II, in a place called Half-Village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon falls in love with a girl fabled for her angelic looks. To court Anielica Hetmanská he offers up his “golden hands” to transform her family’s modest hut into a beautiful home, thereby building his way into [...]

The Servants' Quarters by Lynn Freed

Introduction Haunted by phantoms of World War II and the Holocaust, young Cressida lives in terror of George Harding, who, severely disfigured, has returned from the front to recover on his family’s African estate. When Harding plucks young Cressida’s beautiful mother and family from financial ruin, establishing them in the old servants’ quarters, Cressida is [...]

The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan

Introduction Inspired by her family history, Padma Viswanathan takes us deep inside the private lives of a Brahmin family, bringing to life an India we’ve never before seen. At the novel’s heart is Sivakami, married at ten, widowed at eighteen, and left with two children. According to the dictates of her caste, her head is [...]

Mr. Wroe's Virgins by Jane Rogers

  Questions for Discussion We hope the following questions will stimulate discussion for reading groups and provide a deeper understanding of Mr. Wroe’s Virgins for every reader. 1. Why are we shown the same events from four different points of view? How do the different voices and perspectives of Leah, Joanna, Hannah, and Martha help [...]

Gatsby's Girl by Caroline Preston

  “Preston employs immaculate research and a rich imagination . . . A fascinating rendering of the tragedy that was Fitzgerald’s life and of the young woman who was the catalyst for so much of his glorious body of work.” — Library Journal, starred review About the Book She was two months past her sixteenth [...]

Homestead by Rosina Lippi

  Downloadable Guide for Group Discussion and Classroom use “By the time you finish the first of these linked stories, you can hardly bear to have it end.” — The New Yorker High in the alpine Bregenz Forest of westernmost Austria, guarded by the majestic Three Sisters and the Praying Hands, the small village of [...]

Tolstoy Lied by Rachel Kadish

  About the Book “An infectiously enjoyable novel…a love story with heft, weight and dazzle.” —Tova Mirvis “Cuts to the very core of what a love story should be: not about how we find happiness, but about what it means to do so.” — San Francisco Chronicle Rachel Kadish offers a take on modern love [...]

The Calligrapher by Edward Docx

  About The Calligrapher “A sexy, satisfying read.” — Economist “Pure delight.” — Entertainment Weekly He isn’t as smart as he thinks he is. She’s smarter than she seems. Jasper Jackson is a serial heartbreaker greatly overdue for a reckoning. He is also a charming, sophisticated young Londoner, well-versed in the finer things in life, [...]