Literary Circle - The Summer Before the War

On Monday, August 21 at 10:00 the Literary Circle will gather to discuss, "The Summer Before the War" by Helen Simonson.

This is a novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal. A delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knows-everybody complications of living in a small community.

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works for the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent sabra rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything. Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more free thinking and attractive than anyone believes the Latin teacher should be. Just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of Sussex landscape, the perfect summer is about to end. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways will be tested as this small town inhabitants go to war.

The location of our gathering this time is yet to be determined. If you are interested in joining us or would like information about our book club, please contact Mary Louise Selzer at 363-1618.