Area book discussions 4.2

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE—“I used to love this season,” says the narrator on the opening page of “Year of Wonders.”

Author Geraldine Brooks takes readers through a terrifying episode of the bubonic plague as it reaches a remote British village and begins to claim lives.

The book will be the feature of the next  book discussion at Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library. Extra copies of the book are available at the library.

Brooks’s historical fiction is inspired by actual events in a village in the mid-1600s. The village vicar convinces most townspeople to stay put and isolate themselves from neighboring villages.

As deaths mount, suspicion and despair lead to mob violence against witches and the formation of devil worship cults.

Brooks shows her skill as a story-teller as she describes the lives of ordinary people trying to cope with unusually difficult circumstances.

“Year of Wonders” will be discussed at the library at 7 p.m. April 24. Everyone is welcome to stop by to talk about the story or just listen to others give their thoughts.

MORENCI—They didn’t plan it that way, but both of Morenci’s book discussion groups chose historical fiction for their April selection, and both chose books about the Boleyn family.

Morenci’s aft ernoon discussion group is reading “Anne Boleyn,” a novel written by Evenlyn Anthony in the 1950s.

The evening group is tackling Philippa Gregory’s 2002 novel, “The Other Boleyn Girl,” that brings Anne’s sister Mary into focus.

Mary Boleyn was the mistress of England’s King Henry VIII, before her sister Anne set her designs on becoming the queen. Th e novels highlight the rivalries and intrigues within England’s monarchy and upper class.

The afternoon book discussion group meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the United Methodist Church. The evening discussion group meets Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Stair Public Library.

Extra copies of the books are available at the circulation desk.

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