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Peabody Book Club

We are a lively, spirited group of women who love to read and are open to stretching their comfort zone. Books are selected by a rotation of participants who will suggest 3 books and one will be selected by majority vote. The person who chose the book will lead the discussion/questions at that meeting.

Our Book of the Month selection is: Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman (following review from amazon) this book discussion will be led by Rita.

The debut of a stunning new voice in fiction— a novel both heartbreaking and transcendent

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.

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  • Betsy D.

    I also enjoyed the meeting. Very interesting conversation. Looking forward to next month.

    February 23, 2013

  • lisa

    would say maybe right now, that date is a little far away and winter will be almost done with

    February 22, 2013

  • Jackie

    Ooops - haven't made a good enough dent in the book... hopefully next time. Have fun !

    February 22, 2013

  • lisa

    I will not be attending, just attended one tuesday and have other plans, next month!

    February 21, 2013

  • Pam

    I didn't realize I signed up for this and I didn't read the book. Sorry, Pam

    February 21, 2013

  • Col

    Sorry, I didn't think I would be attending, so I didn't read the book. I will be at the March one!

    February 19, 2013

  • barbara

    I will not be able to attend this time, so the person leading the discussion will have to kind of lead and organize this month. See you in March, have fun!

    February 16, 2013

  • Col

    I am coming to the January book club, and didn't even know the February one was scheduled :-( It's already full!

    January 19, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Looking forward to it!

    December 3, 2012

  • lisa

    would say maybe right now, that date is a little far away and winter will be almost done with

    December 3, 2012

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