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September 2013 Book Group Mixer Handout

Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville

Some of my favorite novels are those whose settings permeate into the story and take hold just as much as the characters and plot. Kate Grenville’s unflinching view about Australia’s history and the pioneering story set against the backdrop of the Aboriginal people’s demise is compelling and brave. Telling the story of Sarah Thornhill, a young woman born into a privileged pioneer family, Sarah is unaware of the turmoil that her family’s wealth is built on, but when a romance between Sarah and another young pioneer begins to develop, it threatens to ambush everything about what Sarah knows of her own life and upbringing. This is an unforgettable portrait of a passionate woman caught up in a historical moment—a breathtaking and bold tale.
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S.M.C.
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780802121219
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Grove Press - June 18th, 2013

Shine, Shine, Shine: A Novel by Lydia Netzer

Talk about an original story—this is a debut novel unlike any other. What does it mean to be normal? This is the story of two odd children who grew up and fell in love, the way they fit and the way they fell apart, how he became an astronaut lost in space, and she became the perfect wife whose "perfect" wasn't real. We literally travel between the infinite boundaries of outer space and the confines of the human heart. I was taken not just by the uniqueness of this story’s creative plot, but by the deeper themes it revealed—and the surprising reach we each travel in order to be understood.
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S.M.C.
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$14.99
ISBN: 9781250020413
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 2nd, 2013

We Sinners by Hanna Pylväinen

What surprised me about this debut novel was how subtly the author was able to convey such large themes. Telling the story of a contemporary fundamentalist Christian family at the crossroads. Caught between the cultural fissures of their strict church and that of ordinary America, the family in this novel in many ways feels just like that of any other family, the sibling rivalries, the loving chaos that ensues with so many children, the overwhelming love and also stifling atmosphere that occurs with attentive parenting. But the novel also calls to issues around faith—how it can bind a family together but also divide it. This is a stunning novel that is powerfully empathetic, illuminating the dilemma between faith and love and the conflict that can arise if asked to choose between the two.
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S.M.C.
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$19.00
ISBN: 9781250032188
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Picador - July 23rd, 2013

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