PROBUS Club of Durham West

Novel Readers

The Novel Readers usually meet on the first Wednesday of the month (except for July & August).

Membership is currently full.  

Contact:  Elizabeth Ryan  905-683-8884  mikelizryan50@rogers.com.

Updates - 2024

February

In March we will be reading Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls an American author and journalist widely known as a former gossip columnist for MSNBC and author of The Glass Castle.  This is her most recent book and is described as a Wild ride through prohibition-era Virginia with a scrappy heroine at the wheel.  It was a nominee for Best Historical Fiction in 2023. 



January

The Novel Readers Book Club will be meeting in February to discuss the book “This Tender Land”.  It is a coming-of-age novel that has spirituality as one of its main themes.  As historical fiction, the novel follows four central characters on a physical and spiritual journey through the Depression era in the Midwestern United States. 



Updates - 2023

December 2023/January 2024

To start the New Year, on Wednesday, January 10th. The novel Readers will be discussing the novel Tom Lake by Ann Patchett.

It is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents led before their children were born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart.


November

This month the Novel Readers will be meeting on the 1st of November to discuss Kate Morton’s book Homecoming.  The story takes place in Australia and centers around a perplexing murder case.  The book had been scheduled for our October discussion but was rescheduled for the following month.  It is a good read for anyone who likes Historical Fiction and a good mystery. 


October

The October meeting of the Novel Readers will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. This months selection is Homecoming by Kate Morton.


September

Following the summer hiatus, Novel Readers is back to meeting on the first Wednesday of the month.

September’s selection is Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.  The book is on the New York Times bestseller list and is being made into an Apple TV Series.



June

In June, the Novel Readers will be reading Crow Lake by Mary Lawson. The story centers on four siblings and is set in Northern Ontario. Crow Lake was Lawson's first novel and was published in 2002.

During our June 7th meeting, we will also be drafting our reading schedule for the coming year.



May

The Novel Readers will meet on May 3, 2023 to discuss The Maid by Canadian author, Nita Prose. Prose has written a somewhat different take on the murder mystery. Looking ahead to June, we will be reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. During our June 7th meeting, we will also be drafting our reading schedule for the coming year.


April

In April, the Novel Readers will be exchanging impressions about the historical novel, The Outlander by Canadian author Gil Adamson. While Gil Adamson has had other works published, The Outlander is her first novel and is set in western Canada in the early 1900s. 

This historical novel begins in 1903, when nineteen-year-old Mary Boulton flees into the Canadian wilderness. She has killed her husband and is attempting to escape the pursuit by his brothers. 

She has written a sequel to the story, called Ridgerunner.

Looking ahead to May, our selection will be The Maid by Nita Prose. The Maid is a murder mystery and is Nita Prose's first novel.


March

The Novel Readers plan to meet in person, on March 1, 2023, to discuss the depression era novel by Jojo Moyes, The Giver of Stars. The book is set in Kentucky and the central character, Alice, becomes one of the "packhorse librarians", delivering books in rural areas. Looking ahead to April, our group will be reading The Outlander by Gil Adamson. 


February

In February, the Novel Readers discussed Five Little Indians by Michelle Good.

This novel, which has won several awards, exposes the experience of the residential school system for indigenous children. 


January

In January, the Novel Readers met to discuss the novel, Looking for Jane, by Canadian author, Heather Marshall. Marshall's novel spans the time from 1960 to 2015 and focuses on reproductive rights for women. 



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