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St. Anne's Book Club: "A Secret Music" by Susan Doherty Hannaford - Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.

posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 08:16 ]

Next Book: A Secret Music

Our book for October: A Secret Music, by Susan Doherty Hannaford. “Brought to life by a sharp eye for physical and sensory detail and meticulous historical accuracy.” (Montreal Gazette) “A powerful debut.” (Toronto Star) “A pleasure of A Secret Music is how fond we grow of nearly all of the characters. Full disclosure: I cried at least once while reading this book and did not want to part with the Nolan family when I turned the last page. A Secret Music sings.” (Montreal Review of Books) Word Guild Award for Best Young Adult fiction 2016; Grace Irwin Award 2016; Literary Classics silver medal for Y/A fiction 2016. ISBN  978-1770863675; $22.95. Can be ordered from Indigo and other bookstores, if not in stock. Available as an e-book. There are four (4) copies in the Toronto Public Library. October 24, Wednesday

Our book for November: Drumblair: A Jamaican Childhood, by Rachel Manley, granddaughter and daughter of two of Jamaica's national leaders, tells the story of the brilliant, artistic Manleys - Jamaica's most prominent and glamorous political family - and the house that nurtured them: Drumblair. This is a world vividly recreated, and an intimate memoir of the people who changed Jamaica's intellectual, social and cultural landscape for all time. Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Available as an e-book. Can be ordered through Marc. There are four (4) copies in the Toronto Public Library. There’s a very good chance the author will be in attendance. November 21, Wednesday

Our book for December: The Home for Unwanted Girls, by Joanna Goodman. In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility--much like Maggie Hughes' parents. Maggie's English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don't include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie's heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life 'back on track'. Elodie is raised in Quebec's impoverished orphanage system. It's a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns' hands, finally earning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world. Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both. ISBN 9780062684226;  $21.00 Available at Indigo and all other bookstores. Available as an e-book, too. 145 copies in the Toronto Public Library, but there are 600 holds. December 12, Wednesday

The St. Anne's Book Group is open to everyone: members of our community, friends, and newcomers who don't know anything about church. We talk about the book! We like to start with an overview by one of our participants who has read the book. We are very fortunate to have welcomed authors to join us as we talk about their book. It's great if you have read the book; you're also welcome if you have not read the book and want to know more about it. We like to make faith connections to the themes of the book - where possible. Our group is hosted by Marc Côté, publisher for Cormorant Books, and we are grateful for many insights into the world of authors, editors and publishing. We choose our books by making every third or fourth session an open evening where people are invited to propose books they recommend. 

We would be delighted to welcome you.

We hold our Book Group in the St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue. Come for supper (potluck) at 7:00, or join us when we begin the discussion at 7:30.