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Book Discussion - The Girl Before, by Rena Olsen

The Book Discussion book this month
When Feb 22, 2018
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Winterset Public Library Meeting Room
Contact Phone 462-1731
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The Girl Before


The Girl Before by Rena Olsen Feb. 22, 7:00pm at the Library

From Booklist:  "Clara is home brushing her daughters’ hair when a group of armed men swarms the house, arresting her and her husband, Glen, and taking all her daughters away. This disturbing scene is set at the opening of the novel, and the story moves back and forth in time in alternating chapters titled “Then” and “Now” until we piece together the horror that unravels Clara’s life. The last thing Glen says to her is, “Say nothing,” and, as always, Clara is obedient to her husband. She learns that he is in jail, but she is in a psychiatric hospital under the watchful eye of a couple of federal agents and a therapist, and they force her into group therapy with other young women. Clara doesn’t understand why she is in this group; she feels her story is nothing like theirs. But as the mystery of her life unfurls, Clara’s point of view begins to change. This is superb psychological suspense; Clara eventually questions everything she thought she knew about her family and her life and slowly starts to emerge from her cocoon-like existence. The Girl Before is a compelling, albeit difficult, read, but it’s almost impossible to put down, much like Emma Donoghue’s Room (2010)."

 Join the discussion!  New members are always welcome.  The discussion is held in the Library meeting room.  If you need a copy of the book, stop by the Library and check one out!  The book discussion is free and open to the public.

Future book discussion titles include:

March 22: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

April 26: 1984 by George Orwell

May 24: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

June 28: The Widow by Fiona Barton







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