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We're about reading good books. We meet on the first Thursday of each month to discuss the selection for that month, both fiction and non-fiction are read. If you have any questions, message us.

Lisa and Laura

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Little Fires Everywhere

Southern Grounds & Co.

Our April selection is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. We will be meeting at Southern Grounds & Co in Neptune Beach. You can expect an informal discussion in a casual setting with friendly people. Book: www.celesteng.com/little-fires-everywhere From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster. Venue: www.southerngrounds.com

The Sympathizer

Southern Grounds & Co.

Our May selection is The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. We will be meeting at Southern Grounds & Co in Neptune Beach. You can expect an informal discussion in a casual setting with friendly people. Book: www.pulitzer.org/winners/viet-thanh-nguyen The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship. Venue: www.southerngrounds.com

Ask the Dust

Southern Grounds & Co.

Our June selection will be Ask the Dust by John Fante. We will be meeting at Southern Grounds & Co in Neptune Beach. You can expect an informal discussion in a casual setting with friendly people. Book: www.npr.org/books/titles/[masked]/ask-the-dust Ask the Dust is a virtuoso performance by an influential master of the twentieth-century American novel. It is the story of Arturo Bandini, a young writer in 1930s Los Angeles who falls hard for the elusive, mocking, unstable Camilla Lopez, a Mexican waitress. Struggling to survive, he perseveres until, at last, his first novel is published. But the bright light of success is extinguished when Camilla has a nervous breakdown and disappears . . . and Bandini forever rejects the writer's life he fought so hard to attain. Venue: www.southerngrounds.com

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