King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire; he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter. Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave. Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world. But when their father, the only man they've ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inward until the day two men and a boy wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters confront the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men? A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.
Books will be available at the Circulation Desk beginning Wednesday, October 30th.
Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
Wednesday, December 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In her debut historical novel, Jasmin Darznik portrays the inspiring life of the renowned Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad. Although Forugh’s honest, bold writing came at a high price, as she was thrust into a world of extreme ridicule from family, peers, and literary critics, she continued to push the boundaries of what was acceptable in her ruthlessly patriarchal society and became one of the most highly praised female poets in the history of Iran. With stunning detail and an excellently paced plot, Song of a Captive Bird offers a stirring portrait of Farrokhzad’s extraordinary life.
Books will be available at the Circulation Desk beginning Wednesday, November 20th.
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