THOMASTON — Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will meet to discuss Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase, by Louise Walters, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 2:30 p.m.,at Thomaston Public Library.
“Once again, we will be reading a book about books and working in a bookshop,” said the Club, in a news release.
Roberta treasures books so much that she pines away in her beloved job at Old and New Bookshop, watching Philip, her boss and the man she can’t yet admit to herself that she loves, take the beautiful Jenna as his lover. But secrets begin to spill out of the books — secrets that will change her understanding of the past and hopes for the future.
One fateful day, Roberta’s father, John, brings in an old suitcase labeled “Mrs. D. Sinclair,” filled with her grandmother Dorothea Pietrykowski’s old books. Between the pages, Roberta discovers a letter dated Feb. 8, 1941, signed by her grandfather Jan Pietrykowski, warning Dorothea that what she is about to do will dishonor her, imperil her very soul, and wrong some unnamed mother and child. If only Roberta could ask her grandmother or her father about the letter, but at 109, Dorothea has entered hospice care, and John’s health is failing, as well.
Meanwhile, Jenna confesses to a bewildered Roberta that she's pregnant with a child fathered by her ex-boyfriend.
Walters’ debut novel nimbly weaves together Roberta’s and Dorothea’s stories — the reader almost expects to pull a shadowy missive from its spine, according to the release. Roberta’s life is a mess; she stifles her feelings for Philip, twisting her desires into a sad affair with a married man.
But Dorothea’s story is the stuff of films: disowned, disappointed in marriage, crushed by multiple miscarriages — Dorothea rises above it all to manage her own farmhouse, to take into her home two young women, part of the Women’s Land Army, and to find new love with Jan, the dashing Polish Squadron Leader.
On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share their opinions and ideas about the selected book.
If you live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride, call the library at 354-2453 a week before the discussion date.
In March, the group will be discussing Persepolis and Persepolis 2, a pair of graphic memoirs from Marjane Satrapi about her coming of age against the backdrop of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. This will be the Intergenerational Book Club's first foray into the graphic novel format.
Copies will be available to borrow at the library.