us for a great discussion! Each month we will read a new title from a variety
of genres and authors. New members are always welcome.
In October we are reading A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson.
As Solace opens, we meet a Northern Ontario
family in crisis: their rebellious teenage daughter, Rose, has disappeared.
Weeks have passed with no word, but still Rose's little sister, Clara is not
only missing Rose; she is also missing her elderly friend and next-door
neighbour, Mrs. Orchard, a retired schoolteacher who is away in hospital. While
standing at the window, Clara keeps an eye out for Rose and an eye on Mrs.
Orchard's driveway and proceeds to move into the house as if he owns the
place. Which it turns out he does: Mrs. orchard has died and left it to him.
Soon we discover that Clara's beloved Mrs. Orchard has a complicated and tragic
past, and the real mystery at the heart of this novel is what happened between
her and Liam, the man in the car. Solace is told in three distinct, compelling
voices--Clara's, Mrs. Orchard's, and Liam's--cutting back and forth to
carefully uncover the layers of grief, remorse, and love that connect families,
both the ones we're born into and the ones we choose and steadily building
towards an assured, heart-wrenching and (despite its losses) uplifting ending.
In November we will be reading Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.