This group reads and discusses international fiction. Copies of each title are available to borrow at the Information Desk.
Mezzanine Meeting Room
February 25: This is a companion read which means that one subject is the focus of two different genres. You may choose one or both! The place is Tuscany, Italy, during the end of World War II as the Allies move north from Sicily to conquer the Axis powers. Restoration is an historical novel by Olaf Olafsson and War in Val D'Orcia 1943-1944by Iris Origo, is a memoir. Origo is a brave and resourceful owner of a Tuscan manor high in the hills. Both are under 300 pages.
March 24: Nora Webster by Colm Toibin This novel is a personal portrait of a young widow's grief and the politics in 1960s County Wexford, Ireland. It has been hailed by many as a "rare and tremendous achievement."
April 28: The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys
The author, a Canadian poet, has written a lyrical novel about the interventions of World War II. The resulting tragedies play out against a natural world.
May 26: The Homecoming Party by Carmine Abate
A story set in southern Italy about a 12 year old son who misses his migrant father who works in France. This is an intense and moving account of the son's coming-of-age.