Books and Lunch on Tuesdays - Eternal on the Water
Join BLT (Books and Lunch on Tuesdays), Howe Library's book group. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for good discussion.
Tuesday, April 9th
Eternal on the Water
by Joseph Monninger
Love conquers all, the saying goes, but it can't win out over the disease that befalls Mary Fury, the seemingly unflappable heroine at the center of Monninger's poignant, if a bit overlong, novel. Fury has the gene for Huntington's, a cruel affliction that attacks the body slowly, reducing a once healthy person to a mass of twitching muscles and nerves. Jonathan Cobb, a University of New Hampshire professor on sabbatical, learns the grim reality of Mary's situation shortly after the two meet (and instantly fall in love) on the Allagash River. This is the land of Thoreau's Walden Pond, and Cobb had come there to experience firsthand the pleasures of a simple life illustrated by its celebrated author. When Mary begins showing signs of Huntington's, the two must cope with the inevitable, which includes honoring Mary's wishes to live out her days as she sees fit. Monninger (Baby, 2007) is a gifted writer, and readers able to overlook a few maudlin moments will relish this eloquently rendered tale.
--Copyright 2010 Booklist
Copies of the book are available to check out at the library.
BLT for May: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in World that Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
Date: April 9, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm