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 Adult Book Discussion Group
Please join us
at 6:30pm on Thursday, October 18th

A magnificent new novel from one of America’s finest writersa powerfully affecting story spanning the twentieth century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in Brooklyn.

On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens a gas tap in his Brooklyn tenement. He is determined to prove—to the subway bosses who have recently fired him, to his pregnant wife—that “the hours of his life . . . belonged to himself alone.” In the aftermath of the fire that follows, Sister St. Saviour, an aging nun, a Little Nursing Sister of the Sick Poor, appears, unbidden, to direct the way forward for his widow and his unborn child.

In Catholic Brooklyn in the early part of the twentieth century, decorum, superstition, and shame collude to erase the man’s brief existence, and yet his suicide, though never spoken of, reverberates through many lives—testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice, of forgiveness and forgetfulness, even through multiple generations. Rendered with remarkable delicacy, heart, and intelligence, Alice McDermott’s The Ninth Hour is a crowning achievement of one of the finest American writers at work today.

Up next month: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng on November 15th at 6:15pm.


WE NEED YOU! Interested in helping us improve our new library space? We are looking for volunteers to help our Friends.  If interested, please call or come in to sign up to help.


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America’s News
Connecticut Post Newspaper
Waterbury Republican-American Newspaper

 


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Kindle Titles available! Please check out our 2 Kindles donated by the Friends of the Library in Oxford. We just added numerous titles to both machines — the newest in fiction and nonfiction bestsellers are available. Come by the library to check them out! See title list.


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 From Groundbreaking to Moving In Day Project Pictures Here


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