Douglass Book Group
Join us to discuss The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.
1914: it is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic costal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling for the Balkans won't come to anything. Agatha has more immediate concerns because she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. When Beatrice Nash arrives with one truck and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more free-thinking and attractive than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. Just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. Despite Agatha's reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.
- Monday, March 26, 2018
- 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Frederick Douglass Community Library
- Book Club/Reading Group