This is a group for readers who enjoy discussing books in a friendly atmosphere. We meet once a month to discuss a book selected by the group, typically over dinner and wine. We generally read contemporary and classic novels, but occasionally delve in other genres--like memoirs, mysteries, and science fiction.
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A blind French girl and a German boy try to survive WWII. At 6, Marie-Laure goes blind; at 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father & daughter flee to Saint-Malo carrying a valuable and dangerous jewel. In Germany, orphan Werner grows up and becomes an expert at building and fixing radios, which leads him to a role in radio counter-intelligence with the German army. Increasingly aware of the human cost of his work, Werner makes a moral choice when the war takes him to Saint-Malo, and he crosses paths with Marie-Laure. (Pulitzer Prize winner)
A chance encounter leads to two divorces and the joining of two families. The novel explores the lives of the children brought together by the encounter as they forge a lasting bond based on a shared disillusionment with their parents, and a strange and genuine affection that grows between them. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.