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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 “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 [...]

The Winter Queen by Jane Stevenson

  About The Winter Queen An immensely moving account of a strange and magical interracial love affair, The Winter Queen illuminates the Netherlands of the seventeenth century. In the dark ambiance of the time, the exiled Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia and Pelagius, a West African prince and former slave, fall in love and secretly marry. [...]

The Visible World by Mark Slouka

  About the Book “Thoughtful and evocative … Slouka writes perceptively about the ambiguities of human behavior—both within the ordinary circumstances of marriage and in the extreme conditions of war.”—Eva Hoffman, New York Times Book Review “A vibrantly told love story.”—Washington Post Book World “Rich with intelligence and poetic detail, The Visible World demonstrates why [...]

Crackpots by Sara Pritchard

  About Crackpots “The writing is dazzling, yes, but Pritchard allows the pathos — and there’s a lot of it — to rise out of her sentences like a scent . . . In the middle of tragedy she makes you laugh out loud.” — New York Times Book Review “A passionate and absorbing novel [...]

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 [...]

Last Year's River by Allen Morris Jones

  Questions for Discussion 1. The book’s title, Last Year’s River, is an obvious reference to the physical landscape in which the story is set; that is, the North Fork of the Shoshone. But flowing water—when conspicuously used in fiction—often points toward larger meanings, toward metaphorical conceits. What other themes can be read into the [...]

Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald

  Downloadable Guide for Group Discussion and Classroom use “A marvellous achievement: supple, humane, ripe, generous and graceful.” — Bernard Levin, Sunday Times Offshore is set in the 1960s among the houseboats that rise and fall with the tide of the Thames on London’s Battersea Reach. Living between land and water, the boat owners, whose [...]

The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies

  About the Book “Beautifully realized…This novel will haunt the reader long after closing the book.” —Oregonian Questions for Discussion We hope the following questions will stimulate discussion for reading groups and provide a deeper understanding of The Welsh Girl for every reader. 1. The concept of cynefin is essential to the life and livelihood [...]

Mademoiselle Benoir by Christine Conrad

  “A lovely, lively novel . . . the letters in Mademoiselle Benoir crackle as they describe a love story of depth and power.” — Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of A Theory of Relativity and Deep End of the Ocean About the Book Having grown tired of the American lifestyle, mathematician Timothy Reinhart exchanges the bustling [...]