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Let's grab some coffee, tea or a snack and discuss The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott! "On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove—to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his badgering, pregnant wife—“that the hours of his life belong to himself alone.” In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Savior, an aging nun, appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child. We begin deep inside Catholic Brooklyn, in the early part of the twentieth century. Decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence. Yet his suicide, although never spoken of, reverberates through many lives and over the decades—testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations. The characters we meet, from Sally, the unborn baby at the beginning of the novel, who becomes the center of the story, to the nuns whose personalities we come to know and love, to the neighborhood families with whose lives they are entwined, are all rendered with extraordinary sympathy and McDermott’s trademark lucidity and intelligence. Alice McDermott’s The Ninth Hour is a crowning achievement by one of the premiere writers at work in America today."
Let's go visit the Museum of disABILITY History! In line with May's book selection (What She Left Behind), there is an exhibit called The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic. Check it out here: https://museumofdisability.org/exhibits/temporary/. We can also explore the rest of the museum. Admission is $6 for adults. I'm flexible with the date for this event, but would prefer a Saturday as the museum has limited hours during the week (Saturdays open from 10-2). Please add a comment and let me know which Saturday(s) in May/June would be good and I can alter the date based on the majority. Also, comment if you'd be interested in lunch afterwards at a restaurant near the museum.
Let's grab some coffee, tea or a snack and discuss In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen! "World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility. As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls? Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal."