Discussing recent fiction & nonfiction

Newcomers are always welcome! We meet in person the first Tuesday of each month. 

Our June selection is "The Frozen River" by Ariel Lawhon

We are Reading:

Registration is required. Attendance is limited to 15 people.

For more information, please call 703-228-6545

Date:
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Time:
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
Campbell Room
Library:
Shirlington Library
Audience:
Events for Adults Good for Adults Age 55+
Categories:
Book Club
Calendar:
Arlington Public Library

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About the Book

"A gripping historical mystery based on the real-life diary entries of Martha Ballard, an 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history. Maine, 1789: When the Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As a midwife and healer, she is privy to much of what goes on behind closed doors in Hallowell. Her diary is a record of every birth and death, crime and debacle that unfolds in the close-knit community. Months earlier, Martha documented the details of an alleged rape committed by two of the town's most respected gentlemen--one of whom has now been found dead in the ice. But when a local physician undermines her conclusion, declaring the death to be an accident, Martha is forced to investigate the shocking murder on her own. Over the course of one winter, as the trial nears, and whispers and prejudices mount, Martha doggedly pursues the truth. Her diary soon lands at the center of the scandal, implicating those she loves, and compelling Martha to decide where her own loyalties lie."

 

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