Friday Book Group, July 15

Join us for a discussion of Beneficence by Meredith Hall. This book was chosen by author Christina Baker Kline as this summer’s Read ME fiction selection. Copies are available through online requesting and on the download library (Ebook and audiobook). The discussion is open to all adults, no registration is required, and new members are welcome! 

In selecting this title, Christina Baker Kline had this to say:

“From the first two lines of Beneficence, I was transfixed: ‘Every morning, early, when Tup and I get up to start our chores, the whole house still quiet and the children asleep, I turn and pull the bed together, tugging at the sheets to make them tight and smooth. They are warm with our heat.’ In deceptively simple prose, Hall tells the story of a farming family, the Senters, whose quiet lives are upended by tragedy and who must find a way forward, together or apart. As I wrote in a quote for the hardcover, this novel is a marvel. In its granular attention to detail and soaring larger themes, not to mention its setting and subject matter, it reminds me of two of my favorite contemporary novels, Jane Hamilton’s A Map of the World and Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres. (Reviewers have compared Hall to Willa Cather and Marilynne Robinson, and I wouldn’t disagree.) Beneficence will stay with me; I will cherish it.”


Friday Jul 15, 2022


1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM


Conference Room