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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra [led by Allan]

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Anthony Marra

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New York Times Notable Book of the Year * Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded. 

For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.

> Social Hour at Black Lab Pub following, about 7:45pm

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  • Rajiv

    Lots of good engaging discussions and varying viewpoints which is what this group is all about


  • Rufi N.

    Great discussion yesterday

    1 · 2 days ago

  • Annie B.

    I was delighted by the robust discussion on Marra's books. I am looking forward to the next meeting.

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Bob J.

    Enjoyed the meeting. Nice to meet everyone.

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Rachel

    Very sorry to be missing the discussion tonight. Sick at home and would rather be talking about this awesome book!

    1 · 3 days ago

  • Leigh A.

    Vote for Books for Spring 2017 -- just click Voting closes December 15

    3 days ago

  • April S.

    I'm sad that I can't come tomorrow night...I was just informed of a high school open house I need to take my son to. I loved the book!! Have a great discussion!

    4 days ago

  • Jane

    I had bought this book early this year as a cover buy after watching a great booktube review.
    But the story sounds genuinely interesting and perfect for the season!

    November 1

    • Jane

      Can't make it. I'm going to the screening of Under the Sun at the Asian Society Texas Center.

      6 days ago

  • Barbara

    Cannot make it but reading anyway. Thank you for voting it as a read as would not have known about it.

    November 8

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