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CANCELLED! January Book Club - The Light Between Oceans

  • Panera Bread

    343 Gorham Rd., South Portland, ME (map)

    43.636397 -70.329988

  • We sit at the table under the light to the left of the entrance.
  • Price: $1.00/per person

    Refund policy



    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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  • Rebecca

    Lots of people are updating their rsvp to not attending last minute. As a result, we will cancel this month's book club. I'll create a message board so those of us who read it can still discuss! Also, if people are interested, we will discuss it at next months meeting. :-)

    January 29, 2014

  • Cathy M.

    Looking forward to attending my first Meet Up event on January 29.

    January 24, 2014

  • Laura R

    Is this a redo of December?

    December 31, 2013

    • Rebecca

      We cancelled December's because of scheduling conflicts, and many of the regulars couldn't attend. Therefore, we just moved the book to January.

      January 1, 2014


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