February Book Club: The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

obituarywriterThe Hudson Area Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, February 24 at 3:30pm for a discussion of The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

About the book:

On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways.

Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope.

All are welcome to join the book club discussion. Please contact the library at 518-828-1792 or Sharon at bookgroup@hudsonarealibrary.org to be added to the book club email list.