Event Next Chapter Book Group

October 6, 2021 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Next Chapter Book Group (formerly Retired Readers) invites you to join our monthly book discussion on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm. We will be meeting in-person, at the Senior Community Center. Masks will be required. This meeting will be held in the Boardroom. If you haven't attended an event at the SCC please arrive early to complete a waiver and registration form. You will be issued a tag to scan whenever you enter the SCC.

This month's title is: "The Silence" by Susan Allott


“It is 1997, and in a basement flat in Hackney, Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father phoning from Sydney. 30 years ago, in the suffocating heat of summer 1967, the Greens' next-door neighbour Mandy disappeared. At the time, it was thought she had fled a broken marriage and gone to start a new life; but now Mandy's family is trying to reconnect, and there is no trace of her. Isla's father Joe was allegedly the last person to see her alive, and now he's under suspicion of murder. Isla unwillingly plans to go back to Australia for the first time in a decade to support her father. The return to Sydney will plunge Isla deep into the past, to a quiet street by the sea where two couples live side by side. The more Isla asks about the past, the more she learns: about both young couples and the secrets each marriage bore. Could her father be capable of doing something terrible? And is there another secret in this community, one which goes deeper into Australia's colonial past, which has held them in a conspiracy of silence? ”

Books are available for request via the library catalog. Click here to put a copy on hold. Email mwillwerth@newburyportpl.org or call 978-465-4428 x242 if you have any questions.

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