Fiction Old and New

We are excited to announce the beginning of a new book group called Fiction, Old and New. The group will discuss works of contemporary fiction, historical fiction, classics and works by authors of other countries. This group will be moderated by Sherry Wells and Michelle Bernstein.

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The Fiction Old and New book group Kate Pullinger's award winning historical fiction novel, "The Mistress of Nothing", DB 74878 Hosted on Thursday, June 02, 2016

In "The Mistress of Nothing", the reader is immediately transported to the early twentieth century worlds of London and Egypt as we follow
the adventures, decisions and trials of the fictional representations of the real life Lady Lucie Duff Gordon and her maid Sally. We
witness how class and race affected societal mores and relationships in this place and time. We hope that you can join us on Thursday,
June 2 to discuss this fascinating historical fiction novel which won the prestigious Governor's General Award in Canada.

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The Fiction Old and New book group welcomes author Aline Ohanesian Hosted on Thursday, May 05, 2016

In Aline Ohanesian's debut novel, "Orhan's Inheritance", the reader is
captivated by dual storylines. The contemporary story tells of Orhan,
a young man who must uncover the mystery of why his grandfather Kemal
willed his home in Turkey to Seda, an elderly Armenian woman living in
California. The historical story transports the reader to early
twentieth century Turkey where Kemal, then a young Turkish Muslim man
and Seda, a young Armenian Christian woman fall in love amid the
wartime horrors of this place and time. This story was partially

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Fiction, Old and New Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes Hosted on Thursday, April 07, 2016

Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes  DB 82651 The town of Stillwater Bay is still reeling from the school shooting by a teen that left many younger children dead. Grieving mother Jenn fights to have the school closed so she can bury the past, but the mayor, Jenn's best friend Charlotte, struggles to hold the community together. 2014

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Fiction, Old and New will be discussing The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton Hosted on Thursday, March 03, 2016

We're going for a classic this month. Of the many great books she wrote, The Custom of the Country was
Edith Wharton's favorite.

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The custom of the country DB30820
Wharton, Edith. Reading time: 15 hours, 35 minutes.
Read by Adale O'Brien.
Classics
The author considered this book, written in 1913, her finest work. Undine Spragg from Apex, Kansas, climbs her way to the top of New York and Paris society. Her emptiness and artificiality are a metaphor for America's materialism and superficial culture.

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The Fiction Old and New book group will be discussing Angelina Mirabella's entertaining debut novel, "The Sweetheart", DB 81005 Hosted on Thursday, February 04, 2016

"The Sweetheart" is both a social commentary on the ways that American
society viewed men and women in the 1950's as well as the funny and
warm story of a young woman who finds her occupation in the unusual
profession of female wrestling. Don't worry if you know nothing about
the world of female wrestling as it is very well explained in this
novel. We hope that you can join us on Thursday, February 4 to discuss
this lively and intriguing novel which is expertly read by Laura
Giannarelli.

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Fiction Old and New will be discussing Together Tea by Marjan Kamali Hosted on Thursday, January 07, 2016

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Together tea DB80127
Kamali, Marjan. Reading time: 8 hours, 40 minutes.
Read by Erin Jones.
Family
1996. Twenty-five-year-old Iranian-American Mina is summoned to her parents' home once again to meet a potential husband. But Mina does not want a husband or the degree she is pursuing. Mother Darya is also at a crossroad, and both women travel to Iran to revisit the past. Some violence. 2013.

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The Fiction Old and New book group discussing "The Secrets of Midwives" by Sally Hepworth, DB 81111 Hosted on Thursday, December 03, 2015

In this short family novel, three generations of women in one family work as midwives. When the grandaughter unexpectedly becomes pregnant, the family must work together to resolve old and new conflicts.

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Fiction, Old and New will be discussing Black River by S. M. Hulse Hosted on Thursday, November 05, 2015

A horrible crime was committed against prison guard Wes Carver. This is the story of how this crime impacted Wes's life & his family relationships. Mostly, though, it is a story of whether Wes can come to terms with what happened & move forward.

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Fiction Old and New discussing Australian author Frances Whiting's debut novel, "Walking on Trampolines" Hosted on Thursday, October 01, 2015

We are discussing Australian author Frances Whiting's debut novel, "Walking on Trampolines", DB 81113 which tells the story of a young woman, Tallulah ("Lulu") and her friendships with three other young women. It is also a coming of age as well as a family story. The BARD annotation is below. We hope that you can join us on October 1st to discuss this warm and genuine story.

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Fiction Old and New an award winning science fiction novel, "The Bees" by Laline Paull Hosted on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"The Bees" tells the story of Flora 717, a bee who must navigate the world of the hive in much the same way that people learn to navigate the environment in which they live. This may be called science fiction but it should be appealing to all!

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