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Afternoon Book Group
Monday, Sep. 17, 2018, 2 – 3 p.m.
Afternoon Book Group
WhereSouthwest Branch
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us for a book group at the Southwest Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Dante Club" by Matthew Pearl.
Book DescriptionA New York Times Bestseller Words can bleed. In 1865 Boston, the literary geniuses of the Dante Club--poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J. T. Fields--are finishing America's first translation of The Divine Comedy and preparing to unveil Dante's remarkable visions to the New World. The powerful Boston Brahmins at Harvard College are fighting to keep Dante in obscurity, believing that the infiltration of foreign superstitions into American minds will prove as corrupting as the immigrants arriving at Boston Harbor. The members of the Dante Club fight to keep a sacred literary cause alive, but their plans fall apart when a series of murders erupts through Boston and Cambridge. Only this small group of scholars realizes that the gruesome killings are modeled on the descriptions of Hell's punishments from Dante's Inferno. With the lives of the Boston elite and Dante's literary future in America at stake, the Dante Club members must find the killer before the authorities discover their secret. Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and an outcast police officer named Nicholas Rey, the first black member of the Boston police department, must place their careers on the line to end the terror. Together, they discover that the source of the murders lies closer to home than they ever could have imagined. The Dante Club is a magnificent blend of fact and fiction, a brilliantly realized paean to Dante's continued grip on our imagination, and a captivating thriller that will surprise readers from beginning to end.
View in Catalog"The Dante Club" by Matthew Pearl
Next Month's Title"The State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett
NotesThis group meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.
Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.
Contact Phone206-684-7455
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Contact InfoSouthwest Branch
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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