Literary Circle

Interested in Joining?

Christine Middlebrook
cell 407-461-0756

We meet every Third Monday of every month at a members home. After our discussion we enjoy lunch that is prepared by our hostess.

 We welcome new members! Please contact Christine Middlebrook if you are interested in joining!



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    November Book Club

    On Monday, November 18th, the Deercreek Book Club will meet at 10:00 at the home of Phyllis Basford, with Priscilla Martin co-hosting.  Barbara Denman will lead our discussion, The Alice Network, by author Kate Quinn.

    Summary:  In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women - a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in  1947 -  are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

    Setting 1947.  In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.  So, when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

    Setting 1915.  A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

    Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house.  Until a young American  barges in, uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.

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    October Book Club

    On Monday, October 21st, Book Club will meet at 10:00, at the home of Maryann Grauwiler. Pam Overbay will assist Carney Kirtley as our discussion leader. Our read this month, We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.

    Summary: Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive, and to reunite, We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.

    It is the spring of 1939, and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

    As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

    An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how, in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.

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