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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut about love, loss, and the unexpected ties that bind us together. “On the morning after the Feds burned down her house and took her father, Havaa woke from dreams of sea anemones.” Havaa, eight years old, hides in the woods and watches the blaze until her neighbor, Akhmed, discovers her sitting in the snow. Akhmed knows getting involved means risking his life, and there is no safe place to hide a child in a village where informers will do anything for a loaf of bread, but for reasons of his own, he sneaks her through the forest to the one place he thinks she might be safe: an abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded. Though Sonja protests that her hospital is not an orphanage, Akhmed convinces her to keep Havaa for a trial, and over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate.

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  • Patricia P.

    This was an AMAZING novel! This eclectic group is so smart & charming. It was a most enjoyable Sunday afternoon. Thanks ladies!

    October 15, 2013

  • rachel r.

    First meeting for me and I'm hooked. The book is a "must read" and the group provided lively interesting discussion. I so enjoyed meeting all of you!

    October 14, 2013

  • Andrée G.

    Book great, discussion great, restaurant great!,

    October 13, 2013

  • Christy

    I'm so sorry for the late notice! I have a paper die tonight that I thought I would be done with already.

    October 13, 2013

  • Amber H.

    I haven't had the time to read this week, but the 40 pages I have read were great. I will miss Thai Noodle Wave!

    October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry I've had to change my RSVP to "not attending." I've caught the dreaded late summer/fall cold that's going around and don't want to be the bearer of germs....hopefully, next time!

    October 12, 2013

  • Quen

    I'm only 50% finished with this one and don't want to rush it. I love this book!

    October 12, 2013

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