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Book Club - We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky (October 26)

Book Club - We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky (October 26)

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Join us for Coastal Bookstore's Literary Book Club. 

Registration is done on a month-by-month basis, so there is no regular commitment. That said, we have a lot of regular attendees. It is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet with others for intelligent conversation. The cost is the price of the current book, there are no other fees. Coffee & tea is provided by the bookstore.

Literary Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, from 7-8:30pm at the bookstore, 272 Newport Drive.

The books are decided by group vote, two months in advance. October's book is We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky by Emma Hooper: 

An epic, boundary-pushing tale of five young women rebelling against an era that relies on their submission, from the acclaimed author of Etta and Otto and Russell and James.

During the golden age of the Roman Empire, five girls enjoy a modest childhood in their small Portuguese village. They race each other through lemon orchards and pick fresh fruit for the commander who overlooks hispeople from a large house on the hill. Though the girls are all raised by different families, there is one thing they know without a doubt: they are sisters.

What they don't know is that their simple existence is about to be irrevocably changed. When soldiers abduct them from their village and bring them to the commander, the sisters are suddenly forced to confront long-buried secrets that reveal their lives to be anything but ordinary. Burgeoning on womanhood just as the Empire begins to show signs of crumbling around them, they soon find themselves at the centre of a deadly standoff and must part ways to fight their own battles in order to survive.

One of Emma Hooper's most compelling novels yet, We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky is bursting at the seams with abstract miracles, devastating tenderness, hope, desire, and treachery-with life and death in all their glory.Demonstrating both the force and fragility of human nature, Hooper urges us to consider how we'll each face our own final hour, to examine what the end really means: is it something to fear, or is it a daring leap into the blaze of a new beginning?

Upcoming Books:
November 2022 - TBD
December 2022 - no meeting; see you in January!

Past Books:
September 2022 - Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin
August 2022 - You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeme Emezi
July 2022 - Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart
June 2022 - Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang
May 2022 - Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
April 2022 - Daughters of the Deer by Danielle Daniel