WTBE Historical Novel Reading Group

Book Selections, 2019-2020

We meet the second Monday of each month (unless noted) through June 2020 at 12:30 in the TBE Library.

Monday, September 9

          Pat Barker, Silence of the Girls.

“Well-written as anything Barker has done before…The Silence of the Girls is a novel that allows those who were dismissed as girls—the women trapped in a celebrated historical war—to speak, to be heard, to bear witness. In doing so, Barker has once again written something surprising and eloquent that speaks to our times while describing those long gone.”
—Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post

“Almost Homeric in its brilliance… Refreshingly modern… Ms Barker [switches] nimbly between the daily drudgery of the camp and the horrors of conflict… Venerable scenes and mythic names magically become new… Domestic details are piercingly described, bringing the squalor of the camp to life… A masterful and moving novel.”
The Economist

Monday, October 14

          Philip Roth, Plot Against America

Monday, November 11

          Chaim Potak, Book of Light

Monday, December 9

          Anne Fortier, Juliet. 

Monday, January 13

          Naomi Eve, Henna House.

Monday, February 10

          Lisa See, Shanghai Girls.

Monday, March 9

          Daphne du Maurier, Jamaica Inn.  

Monday, April 13

James Carroll, The Cloister.

Monday, May 11

          John Bacon, The Halifax Explosion.  Leva Lessure will lead discussion?

Monday, June 13

          Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers. 


Future possible selections: If you have any of these and can recommend them, please let us know.
Kate Mosse, Sepulchre, 2007. (author of Labyrinth).
B.A. Shapiro, The Muralist,2015. She also wrote, The Art Forger.


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