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March Book Discussion

The Woman in The Fifth, by Douglas Kennedy

Harry Ricks is a man who has lost everything. A romantic mistake at the small American college where he used to teach has cost him his job, his marriage, and the love of his only child. Hounded by scandal, he flees to Paris, where a series of accidental encounters lands him in a grubby room with a job as night watchman for a sinister operation. Just when he begins to think he has hit rock bottom, romance enters his life in the form of Margit—a cultivated, widowed Hungarian émigré who shares Harry’s profound loneliness but who keeps her distance, remaining guarded about her past. As Harry wrestles with Margit’s reticence, he begins to notice that all those who have recently done him wrong are meeting unfortunate ends—and it soon becomes apparent that he has stumbled into a nightmare from which there is no escape.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice and intelligent people. I had a great time! Thank you Susan for organizing it!

    March 11, 2014

    • Susan R.

      Thank you, Alexandra, for joining us and speaking up at your first club meeting. We enjoyed meeting you, too.

      1 · March 11, 2014

  • Susan R.

    Fun, funny, diverse, opinionated, thoughtful -- everything a book discussion should be! I could've continued our debate long after we left. Thank you to all of you who came out for the evening.

    March 11, 2014

  • Genevieve

    Can I come if I haven't read the book yet?

    March 9, 2014

    • Susan R.

      It's entirely up to you. Some members have from time to time.

      March 10, 2014

  • Susan R.

    What page is your last?

    March 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      My book's last sentence is "guilty as charged" is that the end?

      March 7, 2014

    • Susan R.

      Yes, Alexandra, it is. Abrupt, but there it is.

      March 7, 2014

  • Mary b.

    Yes

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello,
    Am I missing a half of a book or does the story really stops in the middle?

    March 4, 2014

  • Susan R.

    Oh, boy!! This should be an interesting discussion all right...! What a story, like it or not.

    March 1, 2014

  • Susan R.

    The library won't have this available in time for me. Does anyone have a hard copy I can borrow, if you've finished reading?

    February 20, 2014

    • Susan R.

      Then maybe your returned copy will become available for me since I'm the next one on hold for the book. BPL probably just had to process the return. Sophie's Choice? Gut wrenching.

      February 20, 2014

    • Susan R.

      Yes, it's in transit. I'll have the book by Monday. Thanks, William.

      February 20, 2014

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