The Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month. Next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 pm. The book is Starlight, by Richard Wagamese. Contact Joan Friendship-Gray for more information; send email or call (519) 822-8983.
The final novel from Richard Wagamese, the bestselling and beloved author of Indian Horse and Medicine Walk, centres on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge on a farm owned by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A profoundly moving novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion--and the land's ability to heal us.
Frank Starlight has long settled into a quiet life working his remote farm, but his contemplative existence comes to an abrupt end with the arrival of Emmy, who has committed a desperate act so she and her child can escape a harrowing life of violence. Starlight takes in Emmy and her daughter to help them get back on their feet, and this accidental family eventually grows into a real one. But Emmy's abusive ex isn't content to just let her go. He wants revenge and is determined to hunt her down.
Starlight was unfinished at the time of Richard Wagamese's death, yet every page radiates with his masterful storytelling, intense humanism, and insights that are as hard-earned as they are beautiful. With astonishing scenes set in the rugged backcountry of the B.C. Interior, and characters whose scars cut deep even as their journey toward healing and forgiveness lifts us, Starlight is a last gift to readers from a writer who believed in the power of stories to save us.
Selections for 2020-21
Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan (November 17th)
The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn (December 15th)
The German Girl, by Armando Lucas Correa (January 20, 2021)
The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud (February 17)
Starlight, by Richard Wagamese (March 17)
Becoming, by Michelle Obama (April 21)
Waking Lions, by Ayelet Gundan-Goshen (May 19)
Selections for 2021-22
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (Sept 21)
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (Oct 19)
Hillbilly Elegy: A memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance (Nov 16)
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield (Dec 21)
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens (Jan 18)
Full Disclosure, by Beverley McLachlin (Feb 15)
The Lake House, by Kate Morton (March 15)
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, by Nadia Hashimi (April 19)
The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben (May 17)