Silk by Alessandro Baricco

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Every 1st Tuesday of the month

The Coffee House

931 Amboy Avenue · Edison

How to find us

At the long, tall table near the rear of the cafe. There will be a BOOK GROUP sign on the table.

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Discussion Questions:

This startling, sensual, hypnotically compelling novel tells a story of adventure, sexual enthrallment, and a love so powerful that it unhinges a man's life.

The year is 1861. Hervé Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs.

Then circumstances compel him to travel farther, beyond the edge of the known, to a country legendary for the quality of its silk and its hostility to foreigners: Japan.

There Joncour meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not even speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his own country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed.