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Pageturners: a book club for women July 2013 meeting (north)

July Book of the Month:

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende 3.92 stars · 9,538 ratings · 1,515 reviews

Island Beneath the Sea Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarité -- known as Tété -- is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tété finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, it’s with powdered wigs in his baggage and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his father’s plantation, Saint-Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. It will be eight years before he brings home a bride -- but marriage, too, proves more difficult than he imagined. And Valmorain remains dependent on the services of his teenaged slave.

Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of Tété and Valmorain, and of one woman’s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruellest of circumstances.



Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.


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  • Tawanna-Patrice

    Book ordered... calendar set!

    July 7, 2013

  • Kate C.

    What's the book for August?

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We missed you at group Tamara. Looking forward to our next book & hopefully some the new attendees who came today! See you next month.

    July 6, 2013

    • Kate C.

      I am so sorry! My 4 month old is so sick.

      July 7, 2013

  • Cenna S.

    Nice to see you all.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Maria B.

    Have to work

    July 6, 2013

  • Tawanna-Patrice

    I don't think I will have time to read this book before the meet-up... I just joined. But I may come to this event just to get a feel for the group...

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined so I may not have time to read the book for this meetup but I can't wait to see you all in August.

    June 22, 2013

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