The Dighton Library’s Afternoon Book Discussion group is meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 4:00 to discuss The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning.
From Booklist: “In a colonial whaling village, Lyddie Berry is very happy with her husband, Edward, the home theyve built together over the years, and the children theyve raised. When Edward is lost in a whaling disaster, Lyddie discovers her new status as a widow is not equal to her former status as a wife. All of the property Lyddie and Edward have acquired is now the responsibility of Lyddies tight-fisted son-in-law. Although destitute and grieving, Lyddie finds righteous anger and strength, and challenges her son-in-law when he violates the terms of her husbands will. This defiance leads her to question other values held by the community about a womans place, and even as she loses her reputation and home, she gains a deeper sense of self. Historical fiction isnt usually known for quick pacing, but readers will be swiftly turning the pages, eagerly cheering for the strong-willed widow. The crisp prose is flavored with the stinging salty atmosphere of a New England community witnessing one individuals war for independence. A good choice for book groups.” — Kaite Mediatore (Reviewed 02-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 12, p41)
Copies of the book are available at the library, and all are welcome to join the discussion. This book group typically meets on the last Thursday of every month at 4:00.