Historical Fiction Book Club

On Tuesday, September 2, the Historical Fiction Book Club will talk about "The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood.

Massillon Public Library’s Historical Fiction Book Club will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the library’s Second Floor Meeting Room. This book club is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Copies of book discussion titles are available at Massillon Public Library’s Reference Desk.
For more information contact the library at 330.832.9831, ext. 312.

The Obituary Writer 
by Ann Hood

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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.