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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]