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Rendezvous Readers' Book Chat 9:30-10:30 am
Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM
Abiitan's Porter Cafe
428 2nd St. S.
is not Required
Join us to discuss The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell. Chic and independent, Iris Lockhart is tending to her vintage-clothing shop in Edinburgh (and evading her married boyfriend) when she receives a stunning phone call: her great-aunt Esme—whom she never knew existed—is being released from Cauldstone Hospital, where she has been locked away for more than 60 years. Iris’s grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme’s papers prove she is Kitty’s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her father in Esme’s face. Esme has been labeled harmless—sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world—but she's still basically a stranger, a family member hidden away who will surely bring secrets with her when she leaves the ward. Moving expertly among the voices of Iris, Kitty, and Esme herself, Maggie O'Farrell reveals the story of Esme's tragic and haunting absence.
Book Chat is taking vacation in July! If you’d like to read ahead, August’s book is Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. Have a book suggestion for the Book Chat? Email Barbara Goldner.