Evening Book Discussion Club

At the Lavonia-Carnegie Library

Rules of Civility: a Novel

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Rules of Civility: a Novel by Amor Towles: A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow. - Publisher

Girl in Hyacinth Blue

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland: Eight linked stories tracing the history of a painting by the 17th century Dutch artist, Vermeer. In one, he paints his daughter to pay off debts, a second story describes the loss of the ownership papers, a third takes place on the eve of its theft by the Nazis. - Publisher

Elizabeth I

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Elizabeth I by Margaret George: Elizabeth's rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth's throne, Lettice Knollys had been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. They are both women of fierce intellect and desire: one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family and each vying to convince the reader of her own private vision of the truth. - Publisher

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin: Tom Franklin's extraordinary talent has been hailed by the leading lights of contemporary literature-Philip Roth, Richard Ford, Lee Smith, and Dennis Lehane. Now the Edgar Award-winning author returns with his most accomplished and resonant novel so far-an atmospheric drama set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas "32" Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county-and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town.

More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they've buried and ignored for decades. - Publisher

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