Join us in-person to connect with other readers, learn new perspectives and get to know your community library! Each month we'll read a different title from a variety of genres and authors. New members are always welcome!
In September, we will be discussing A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson. You can visit the Grand River Stanley Park library for a copy of the book.
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, keeps a
daily vigil at the living-room window, hoping that Rose will come
back. Feisty and fierce, 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 house.
Then, one afternoon, a
strange young man in a
strange car pulls into 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. A
beautifully written, masterful, suspenseful and deeply humane novel
by one of our great storytellers." -Provided by the publisher
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