Novel Conversations is a monthly book discussion group fostering dialogue around works of fiction and nonfiction, exploring world literature. The Novel Conversations Book Discussion Group is currently meeting virtually on Zoom at 4pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings will take place on the third Wednesday in November and December due to holidays. All are welcome to join the conversation!

The upcoming book selections will be available for pick up any time after the current month’s discussion, during service hours at the Sequim Branch Library, on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the titles are also available in various formats through the catalog links below.

Library staff and volunteers will moderate the discussion. Sign in via Zoom web link to see other participants, or call in to join the meeting; no internet required to connect by phone. Registration is required to receive Zoom login.

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Current Book Selection

January 26 at 4pm – Register Here
Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human– a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

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The Island of Sea Women

Current Book Selection

December 15 at 4pm
Zoom Meeting – Register Here
(third Wednesday due to holiday)

The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility—but also danger.

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2022 Book Discussion Schedule
The Toss of a Lemon

January 27 at 4pm – Register Here
The Toss of a Lemon
by Padma Viswanathan

Sivakami was married at ten, widowed at eighteen, and left with two children. According to the dictates of her caste, her head is shaved and she puts on widow’s whites. From dawn to dusk, she is not allowed to contaminate herself with human touch, not even to comfort her small children. Sivakami dutifully follows custom, except for one defiant act: She moves back to her dead husband’s house to raise her children. The Toss of a Lemon is heartbreaking and exhilarating, profoundly exotic yet utterly recognizable in evoking the tensions that change brings to every family.

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

January 26 at 4pm – Register Here
Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human– a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

Request a copy here

A Reliable Wife

February 24 at 4pm – Register Here
A Reliable Wife
by Robert Goolrick

Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for “a reliable wife.” But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she’s not the “simple, honest woman” that Ralph is expecting. Her plan is simple: she will win this man’s devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that Truitt, a passionate man with his own dark secrets, has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways.

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