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Book Club: Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

Book Club: Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

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Date:
May 30
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-club-fellowship-point-by-alice-elliott-dark-tickets-768735898767

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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 May selection is Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark.

“A magnificent storytelling feat” (The Boston Globe) story of lifelong friendship between two very different “superbly depicted” (The Wall Street Journal) women with shared histories, divisive loyalties, hidden sorrows, and eighty years of summers on a pristine point of land on the coast of Maine, set across the arc of the 20th century.

Celebrated children’s book author Agnes Lee is determined to secure her legacy–to complete what she knows will be the final volume of her pseudonymously written Franklin Square novels; and even more consuming, to permanently protect the peninsula of majestic coast in Maine known as Fellowship Point. To donate the land to a trust, Agnes must convince shareholders to dissolve a generations-old partnership. And one of those shareholders is her best friend, Polly.

Polly Wister has led a different kind of life than Agnes: that of a well-off married woman with children, defined by her devotion to her husband, a philosophy professor with an inflated sense of stature. She strives to create beauty and harmony in her home, in her friendships, and in her family. Polly soon finds her loyalties torn between the wishes of her best friend and the wishes of her three sons–but what is it that Polly wants herself?

Agnes’s designs are further muddied when an enterprising young book editor named Maud Silver sets out to convince Agnes to write her memoirs. Agnes’s resistance cannot prevent long-buried memories and secrets from coming to light with far-reaching repercussions for all.

“An ambitious and satisfying tale” (The Washington Post), Fellowship Point reads like a 19th-century epic, but it is entirely contemporary in its “reflections on aging, writing, stewardship, legacies, independence, and responsibility. At its heart, Fellowship Point is about caring for the places and people we love…This magnificent novel affirms that change and growth are possible at any age” (The Christian Science Monitor).