Book Club, Fiction
The House Novel
September, 2014 - February, 2015
September 17 & 18
The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay. "Determined to protect her historical family home from Emperor Napoleon's orders to renovate 1860s Paris, Rose Bazelet establishes a defense in the basement of her house on Rue Childebert and records her experiences in letters to her late husband."
October 15 & 16
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier. “In this haunting tale, Daphne du Maurier takes a fresh approach to time travel. A secret experimental concoction, once imbibed, allows you to return to the fourteenth century. There is only one catch: if you happen to touch anyone while traveling in the past you will be thrust instantaneously to the present."
November 19 & 20
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. “Orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia deeply bonds with her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. "
December 17 & 18
The Story of Lucy Gault by Willilam Trevor. “The Gault family leads a life of privilege in early 1920s Ireland, but the threat of arson leads nine-year-old Lucy's parents to leave Ireland for England, her mother's home. Lucy cannot bear the thought of leaving Lahardane, their country house with its beautiful land and nearby beach, and a dog she has befriended. ”
January 21 & 22
The Great House by Nicole Krauss. "Connected solely by a desk of enormous dimension and many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or give it away, three people --struggle to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss.”
February 18 & 19
The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James. "Fleda Vetch, a principled but ultimately weak-willed young lady, becomes involved in a dispute between an antique collector and her son: he has inherited her collection on the death of her husband and wishes her to move out of the house but is planning to marry a girl she views as a ‘philistine’. "
When: The third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and the following Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Where:Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main St, Falmouth. RSVP 508-457-2555 ext. 6
Goal: To leave the discussion feeling that you understand the book better than when you arrived.
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