Please join us for our new book group, "Literary InQueeries: NPL's LGBTQ+ Book Group for Everyone." All are welcome to this group, where we will read and discuss books with LGBTQ+ themes. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month at Commune (located at 33 Pleasant Street in Newburyport). This month's title is Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade.
In 1919, four-year-old Rachel Rabinowitz is placed in the Hebrew Infant Home where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research on the children. Dr. Solomon subjects Rachel to an experimental course of X-ray treatments that establish the doctor's reputation while risking the little girl's health. Now it's 1954, and Rachel is a nurse in the hospice wing of the Old Hebrews Home when elderly Dr. Solomon becomes her patient. Realizing the power she holds over the helpless doctor, Rachel embarks on a dangerous experiment of her own design. Before the night shift ends, Rachel will be forced to choose between forgiveness and revenge.