The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson is the May UC Book Club selection. Joanne Woodman will lead the discussion at this evening dinner meeting on Thursday, May 10, at 6pm.
Set in the small coastal town of Rye, East Sussex, during the Great War, this novel offers a vivid description of town and country as well as a narrative laced throughout with quirky wit…..One of this novel’s accomplishments is the depiction of war as a tragedy that affects everyone, not just the soldiers in the trenches. Within the framework of a wartime love story, Simonson captures the contradictions of small-town life perfectly the idyllic pastimes, the overly involved neighbors and the hints of secrets and unspoken truths.
Upcoming UC Book Club Selections:
June: The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah
July: Between the World & Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
September: The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Written by Muriel Barbery, Translated by Alison Anderson
New UC members are always welcome to this monthly book club event. For more information, contact Joanne Woodman, Chair. Home: (319) 499-1225