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November 2, 2022 - Book Discussion: "Women of Chateau Lafayette" by Stephanie Dray

November 2, 2022 - Book Discussion: "Women of Chateau Lafayette" by Stephanie Dray

On Wednesday November 2, 2022 at 3:00 pm Eastern time, Carol Goode will lead a discussion of Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray.

The book discussion will be on Zoom and participants are invited to meet in person at Margot Tutun’s home (2120 Aberdeen Lane, #103, Naples 34109).

Please also bring your suggestions for other books to discuss next season.

Here is Barnes & Noble's summary:   An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy.  Most castles are protected by men. This one by women.

A founding mother...  1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband, the Marquis de Lafayette’s political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

A daring visionary... 1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing—not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France firsthand, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what's right.

A reluctant resistor... 1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become.

Intricately woven and powerfully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we take from those who came before us.

Please Note:  All book club meetings will take place in person and also by Zoom; they will begin at 3 p.m.   PLEASE REGISTER to attend in person or via Zoom by emailing Margot Tutun at gramto38@gmail.com

  • The in-person meeting will take place at Margot's home - you must email Margot in advance to attend.   Where:  2120 Aberdeen Ln #103, Naples, 34109 (Stonebridge Country Club)
     
  • To attend via Zoom, from in Zoom, enter Meeting ID:   895 461 0132; Passcode: 597100

 

 

Our Book List (with most recent first)

November 2022:  The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray

Matrix by Lauren Groff

American Princess:  A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt by Stephanie Marie Thornton

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

The Death of Vivek Oji:  A Novel by Akwaeke Emezi

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

The Vanishing Half:  A Novel by Brit Bennett

Circe by Madeline Miller

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Repentance by Alan Lam

The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Daughter of Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

The Secret of Clouds by Alyson Richman

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gann

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Bellevue:  Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Elephant Company by Vicki Croke

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kuschner

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Americanah by Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie

Euphoria by Lily King

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Voice of the River by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

An Unseemly Wife by E. B. Moore

Troublesome Young Men by Lynn Olson

Defending Jacob by William Landay

The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman (Wellesley '94)

Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Golden Hour by Margaret Wurtle

Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand

Old Filth by Jane Gardam

Saturday by Ian McEwan

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewdki

Killing Mr. Watson by Peter Matthiesen

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Run by Ann Patchett

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Wild Swans:  Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

The Killer Angels:  A Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara