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Contemporary Books Discussion Group: Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor

October 18 @ 1:00 pm 2:30 pm

In the bitter winter of 1847, from an Ireland torn by famine and injustice, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of refugees, some optimistic, many more desperate. Among them are a maid with a devastating secret, the bankrupt Lord Merridith, his wife and children, and a killer stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution.

This journey will see many lives end, others begin anew. Passionate loves are tenderly recalled, shirked responsibilities regretted too late, and profound relationships shockingly revealed. In this spellbinding tale of tragedy and mercy, love and healing, the farther the ship sails toward the Promised Land, the more her passengers seem moored to a past that will never let them go.

Books are available on a first-come basis at the Information Desk. You may also call the Library at 563-344-4179 to have a book signed out to you and placed on the Holds shelf. Remote attendance is possible; please register in order to have the login information sent to you.

This discussion is part of the 2023 Global Gathering Ireland program series and is funded by the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation, with support from our Title Sponsor: Northwest Bank & Trust and Presenting Sponsor: Iowa American Water Company.


October 18
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm


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