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The Light Between Oceans

The Light between the Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

Thursday, February 7, 2019
11:00 am

The Light between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast.  To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young and loving wife, Isabel.  Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind.  A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately.  But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy.  When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world.  Their choice has devastated one of them.

The Marriage of Opposites Book Cover

Marriage of Opposites
by Alice Hoffman

Thursday, March 7, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris.  Rachel’s mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules.  Growing up, Rachel’s salvation is their maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter.  But Rachel’s life is not her own.  She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business.  When her older husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frederick, arrives from France to settle the estate.  Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.
Once forgotten to history, the marriage of Rachel and Frederick “will only renew your commitment to Hoffman’s astonishing storytelling”. (USA TODAY)

Behold the Dreamers Book Cover

Behold the Dreamers
by Imbolo Mbue

Thursday, April 4, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six year old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty- and Jende is eager to please.  Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwards’s’ summer house in the Hamptons.  With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.
However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ facades.
When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job-even as their marriage threatens to fall apart.  As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.