Moultonborough Public Library Event Calendar
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|Title:||Friends of the Library Book Discussion|
by Marilynne Robinson
The convention of the impoverished and abandoned or neglected child is almost a staple in Western literature. Think about Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, Anne Shirley or Harry Potter. Like these children, Lila is vulnerable and isolated until her protector rescues her. A poor drifter, Doll feeds Lila’s body and soul in the same limited manner in which she cares for herself. As she becomes a young woman, Lila comes to the attention of a much older man, the widowed preacher, John Ames. The minister is capable of a consistent loving kindness that Lila has never known. In her married life with Ames, Lila is haunted by images from her past; yet she still experiences both grace and redemption. Set in a rural Midwestern small town during the 1930’s through 1950’s, this is a simple and symbolic American landscape in which the bible and a spare Christianity inform the thinking of daily life.
Dr. Linda Brion-Miesels, Professor Emerita of Psychology at Lesley University, who led our 2016 discussion of The Bell Jar, will return to Moultonborough to discuss the relationships in Robinson’s beautifully written novel.