THE FCC READERS GUILD
invites you to join our next virtual gathering!
BOOK FOR DISCUSSION:
The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
DATE & TIME:
Friday, January 29, 7:30 pm EDT
Join us for a discussion of this richly written novel. Set off the coast of Australia after World War I, its themes of adoption, chance and choice, loss and love are timeless and relevant.WHERE: Register at www.fccny.org by Wednesday, Jan. 27 to receive a Zoom link and password to the conversation. Participation is free, but registration is required.
"[Stedman] sets the stage beautifully for a heart-wrenching moral dilemma to play out..." —Publishers Weekly
"An extraordinary book...The tragedy is as inevitable as Hardy at his most doom-laden. And as unforgettable." —Sue Arnold, The Guardian
Read more about the book below.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Mary Child and Diane Gnagnarelli
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon)
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.