Mystery Book Club reads Learning to Swim

Books / Literature - Lecture/Discussion

Monday, December 3, 2012
6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Jacob Edwards Library
Reading Room
236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA 01550
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JEL is pleased to present a monthly book discussion! The group is informal and friendly, and new participants are always welcome.

This month the group will meet to discuss Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry:

"'If I'd blinked, I would have missed it. But I didn't, and I saw something fall from the rear deck of the opposite ferry: a small, wide-eyed human face, in one tiny frozen moment, as it plummeted toward the water.'

When she witnesses a small child tumbling from a ferry into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. Harrowing moments later, she bobs to the surface, pulling a terrified little boy with her. As the ferry disappears into the distance, she begins a bone-chilling swim nearly a mile to shore with a tiny passenger on her back. Surprisingly, he speaks only French. He'll acknowledge that his name is Paul; otherwise, he's resolutely mute.

Troy assumes that Paul's frantic parents will be in touch with the police or the press. But what follows is a shocking and deafening silence. And Troy, a freelance writer, finds herself as fiercely determined to protect Paul as she is to find out what happened to him. What she uncovers will take her into a world of wealth and privilege and heedless self-indulgence-a world in which the murder of a child is not unthinkable. She'll need skill and courage to survive and protect her charge and herself.

Sara J. Henry's powerful and compelling Learning to Swim will move and disturb readers right up to its shattering conclusion."

Library staff will obtain copies of each title for participants, available one month before the discussion date. Please ask at the Information Desk to reserve your copy of next month's title!

Cost: Free

Suggested Audiences: Adult, Elders

Phone: 508-764-5426

Last Modified: November 28, 2012 at 3:11 PM

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