Roseland Book Club to discuss Stedman’s “The Light between Oceans”
Sunday, March 10, 2013 • 3:45am
ROSELAND, NJ - Start reading M.L. Stedman’s first novel, “The Light between Oceans” now because the Roseland Free Public Library Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, March 21, at 7pm to discuss this month’s featured book.
The publisher’s website describes the book as follows:
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 and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, 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, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. 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.
M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.
The Roseland Library Book Club is led by evening librarian Joan Dorfman. New members are welcome. To register or for more information, please call 973-226-8636. The library is located at 20 Roseland Avenue, Roseland.
For further information:
Roseland Free Public Library
Library Director: Christopher Lee
20 Roseland Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
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