Contemporary fiction discussion series at the Library

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The Southington Public Library will be holding a contemporary fiction discussion series with Patricia D’Ascoli.

Contemporary fiction normally focuses on giving readers a window into some corner of everyday experience and showing what it would be like to walk in someone else’s shoes. Some of the stories may be politically motivated or designed to raise social awareness, while others exist purely for entertainment.

D’Ascoli is an award-winning journalist whose work has been published in Connecticut Magazine, News-Times, and Greater New Milford Spectrum. She publishes the Connecticut Muse which includes a calendar of literary events and information about new releases by Connecticut authors.

D’Ascoli earned her M.S. in English from Southern Connecticut State University and was a recipient of a graduate research fellowship and winner of the inaugural graduate commencement speech writing contest.

She works as an adjunct professor at Lincoln College of New England.

The books are available to borrow from the library. Registration is required. Visit the library website at, click on Calendar or contact the Reference Department at (860) 628-0947, ext. 5.

Here are the selections and dates for the discussion series:

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain: Thursday, Jan. 22, 6:15 p.m. A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve: Thursday, Feb. 19, 6:15 p.m. Who can guess what a woman will do when the unthinkable becomes her reality? Until now, Kathryn Lyons’s life has been peaceful if ordinary: a satisfying job teaching high school in the New England mill town of her childhood; a picture-perfect home by the ocean; a precocious, independent-minded fifteen-year-old daughter; and a happy marriage whose occasional dull passages she attributes to the unavoidable deadening effect of time.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian: Thursday, April 23, 6:15 p.m. This is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless girl living in an igloo made of garbage bags in Burlington, Vermont. A heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls.

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