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The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry

Brunonia Barry dreamt she saw a prophecy in a piece of lace, a vision so potent she spun it into a novel. The Lace Reader retains the strange magic of a vivid dream, though Barry's portrayal of modern-day Salem, Massachusetts--with its fascinating cast of eccentrics--is reportedly spot-on. Some of its stranger residents include generations of Whitney women, with a gift for seeing the future in the lace they make. Towner Whitney, back to Salem from self-imposed exile on the West Coast, has plans for recuperation that evaporate with her great-aunt Eva's mysterious drowning. Fighting fear from a traumatic adolescence she can barely remember, Towner digs in for answers. But questions compound with the disappearance of a young woman under the thrall of a local fire-and-brimstone preacher, whose history of violence against Whitney women makes the situation personal for Towner. Her role in cop John Rafferty's investigation sparks a tentative romance. And as they scramble to avert disaster, the past that had slipped through the gaps in Towner's memory explodes into the present with a violence that capsizes her concept of truth. Readers will look back at the story in a new light, picking out the clues in this complex, lovely piece of work.

The book for April is"The Yard" by Alex Grecian.

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  • Barbara

    I'm not sure I'll be able to make it twice a month, but whatever everyone wants is done with me. Really enjoyed the discussion last night

    March 18, 2014

  • Doug

    I disliked the book but loved the interactive discussion. I think we should talk our wonderful organizer, Gloria, in to meeting twice a month with all of us sharing whatever work is involved. What does everyone think?

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    Great discussion!

    March 18, 2014

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    Good discussions

    March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed this book, and the discussion was great! Can't wait til next month!!!

    March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion on a book trying to tackle a difficult topic. Not sure the author accomplished what she was trying to get across to the reading public, though, but it did make for some interesting perspectives that were shared.

    March 17, 2014

  • Donna

    The discussion was great. Enjoyed the book, too!

    March 17, 2014

  • Cathy M.

    I didn't care for the book, but the discussion was terrific.

    1 · March 17, 2014

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    A former member

    I really enjoyed the discussion tonight. I'll be looking forward to next months.

    March 17, 2014

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    On my way...running a little behind

    March 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to meeting everyone tonight.

    March 17, 2014

  • Debbie

    Lot of names to keep straight in this one. Ann, Angela,...etc

    March 11, 2014

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