Anais is fifteen and headed to the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. This time she beat a police officer into a coma and even though she can't remember the details because of the pills she was abusing, her clothes are covered in blood. She has spent her entire life in foster car and learned quickly that she can only trust herself, that the "experiment" is plotting against her and anything could be a trick.
The Readers' Roundtable met in October to discuss books that they've recently enjoyed. Below are some of their favorites.
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
Local Souls by Alan Gurganus
The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
Amidst all the Jane Austen and Downton Abbey mania, this artfully crafted novel about the servants living behind the scenes of the Pride and Prejudice Bennett household stands out. Passed over in the original telling, servants Mr. and Mrs. Hill, Sarah, Polly and mysterious newcomer James are given the spotlight and their seemingly simple lives unfold into a compelling emotional complexity.
Back in his hometown in rural Sussex, England to attend a funeral, an anonymous middle-aged narrator takes an aimless drive, ending up at the old farmhouse at the end of his lane. He begins to recall the three generations of friendly Hempstock women who lived there and seeing the duck pond, called “the ocean” by the three women, sparks vivid memories of a truly horrifying experience that happened when he was seven years old.
A young Louise Brooks, the glamorous and headstrong silent-film icon, takes the stage in this historical novel, but Cora Carlisle is the star. Cora, a seemingly happy housewife in Wichita, agrees to travel to New York City and chaperone the free-spirited fifteen-year-old Louise so that she can attend the distinguished Denishawn dance school for the summer. Cora, we soon learn, has her own reasons for going to New York.