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Patten Free Library Book Club Reads March by Geraldine Brooks

Posted July 01, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.

At its July 10 meeting, the “By Popular Demand” book group will discuss Geraldine Brooks’ 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, March. Brian Stanton, English teacher at Morse High School, will be the guest facilitator.

From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story “filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man” (Sue Monk Kidd). With “pitch-perfect writing” (USA Today), Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks’s place as a renowned author of historical fiction.

Brooks is the author of the bestselling novels Year of Wonders, People of the Book, and most recently, Caleb’s Crossing, as well as Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, a work of nonfiction.

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