Monday Evening Book Club October Selection

Painted GirlsThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet Monday, October 21st at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan.

Paris, 1878. Following their father’s sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction from their lodgings seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opera, where for a scant seventeen francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s naturalist masterpiece L’Assommoir. Marie throws herself into dance and is soon modelling in the studio of Edgar Degas, where her image will forever be immortalized as Little Dancer Aged 14. Meanwhile, Antoinette, derailed by her love for the dangerous Émile Abadie, must choose between honest labour and the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian demimonde. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural and societal change, The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of “civilized society.” In the end, each will come to realize that her salvation—her survival, even—lies with the other.  (source: www.harpercollins.ca)

Visit the author’s website for more about the book.

Listen to a podcast interview with Cathy Marie Buchanan.

Read a review of the Painted Girls.

Join us at St Albert Public Library’s STARFest, October 23rd  at 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall, to meet Cathy Marie Buchanan who will be discussing her bestselling novel, Painted Girls.

Seniors Book Club October Selection

ImageThe Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, October 9th at 2 pm in the Training Room to discuss The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

The year is 1926. After four harrowing years on the Western Front, young Tom Sherbourne takes up the post of lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. In the small coastal town on his way to Janus, Tom meets the headstrong, vibrant Isabel. They fall in love, and on his first shore leave they marry, then return to Janus together—both eager to begin their life, cocooned from the rest of the world with just each other, the gulls, and the stars for company. Years later, after two miscarriages and one still birth, Isabel’s grief is all consuming. But one fateful, April morning she hears the sound of cries carried in on the wind: a small boat has washed ashore, its occupants a dead man and a squalling baby girl. Tom wants to report the boat immediately, but Isabel resists, pleading with him to put it off for just one day. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim the girl as their own and name her Lucy—a devastating, resounding choice that forever changes two worlds. (source: https://www.simonandschuster.com)

Listen to a podcast interview with M.L.Stedman

Read a review of the book

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