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Book Club: Beneficence by Meredith Hall

Book Club: Beneficence by Meredith Hall

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Date:
April 25
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-club-beneficence-by-meredith-hall-tickets-768734143517

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Parlour Wines
1803 42nd Ave E Ground
Seattle, WA 98112 United States
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The official book club of Madison Books!

Madison Books hosts an in-person Book Club meeting every month at 6:30 p.m., usually but not always on the last Thursday. Drop in to chat with your neighbors about some of the best books of this or any moment. All readers are welcome–you don’t need to sign up in advance, but registering here will help us plan for the right number of attendees. Meetings are held at Parlour Wines, around the corner from the bookstore and across the street from the Madison Park tennis courts.

While most book clubs focus on the hottest current releases, we’re doing something a little different. We’ll be exploring narratives of New England and the Maritime Provinces, both contemporary and historical, fictional and nonfictional. Some you’ll certainly have heard of, maybe even already read and loved, but others may be serendipitous discoveries. We have a list we’re pretty excited about, and we hope you will be, too!

Our April selection is Beneficence by Meredith Hall.

When they meet in the 1930s, Doris and Tup’s love is immediate. They marry quickly and Doris commits to the only life Tup ever wanted: working the Senter family farm, where his parents and grandparents and great-grandparents are buried under the old pines. Their lives follow the calming rhythms of the land—chores in the cow barn, haying the fields, tending their gardens—and in this they find immeasurable joy.

Soon their first child, Sonny, is born and Doris and Tup understand they are blessed. More children arrive—precocious, large-hearted Dodie and quiet, devoted Beston—but Doris and Tup take nothing for granted. They are grateful every day for the grace of their deep bonds to each other, to their family, and to their bountiful land. As they hold fast to this contentment, Doris is uneasy, and confesses, “We can’t ever know what will come.”

When an unimaginable tragedy turns the family of five into a family of four, everything the Senters held faith in is shattered. The family is consumed by a dark shadow of grief and guilt. Slowly, the surviving Senters must find their way to forgiveness—of themselves and of each other.

New York Times bestselling author Meredith Hall’s radiant debut novel is a study of love—both its gifts and its obligations—that will stay with readers long after the last page. With a rare tenderness and compassion, Beneficence illuminates the heart’s enduring covenants and compromises.