WTBE Historical Novel Reading Group

Book Selections, 2019-2020

temporarily Cancelled

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

 Monday, April 13- Cancelled

James Carroll, The Cloister.

From National Book Award-winning writer James Carroll comes a novel of the timeless love story of Peter Abelard and Héloïse, and its impact on a modern priest and a Holocaust survivor seeking sanctuary in Manhattan.

Father Michael Kavanagh is shocked when he sees a friend from his seminary days at the altar of his humble parish in upper Manhattan—a friend who was forced to leave under scandalous circumstances. Compelled to reconsider the past, Father Kavanagh wanders into the medieval haven of the Cloisters and stumbles into a conversation with a lovely and intriguing docent, Rachel Vedette.

Having survived the Holocaust and escaped to America, Rachel remains obsessed with her late father’s greatest scholarly achievement: a study demonstrating the relationship between the famously discredited monk Peter Abelard and Jewish scholars. Feeling an odd connection with Father Kavanagh, Rachel shares with him the work that cost her father his life.

 

Upcoming reads:

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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