MPCA Book Club – July Update

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Our July 23 book will be The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. Vivid, evocative, and moving, The Stone Angel celebrates the triumph of the spirit, and reveals Margaret Laurence at the height of her powers as a writer of extraordinary craft and profound insight into the workings of the human heart.

The Stone Angel is Margaret Laurence’s most celebrated novel. It introduced readers to one of the most memorable characters in Canadian fiction, Hagar Shipley. She is stubborn, querulous, self-reliant, and, at ninety, with her life nearly behind her, she makes a bold last step towards freedom and independence. As her story unfolds, we are drawn into her past. We meet Hagar as a young girl growing up in a prairie town; as the wife of a virile but unsuccessful farmer with whom her marriage was stormy; as a mother who dominates her younger son; and, finally, as an old woman isolated by an uncompromising pride and by the stern virtues she has inherited from her pioneer ancestors. This is a Canadian classic we all should read.

The August 27 book will be Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan. The Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday evening of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm (except December) in the Lower Hall. Contact [email protected] or 403-836-3626 for more information. Come and join in a lively discussion about a great book.

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