Sarah Addison Allen's "Garden Spells" Book Discussion
Aug 27, 2008
from 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
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Decorah Public Library is hosting a book discussion about Sarah Addison Allen’s novel “Garden Spells” Wed. August 27 at 6:30 pm. The discussion location will be announced by mid-August. Copies of the book are available for check-out at the front desk of the library. The discussion is open to all ages and light refreshments will be served.
“Garden Spells” tells the story of the curious Waverley family, a clan endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Their garden has a reputation of its own, famous for a feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.
A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes with her mystical plants; meanwhile, her elderly cousin Evanelle is known for distributing unexpected gifts whose uses become uncannily clear. They are the last of the Waverleys- except for Claire’s rebellious sister, Sydney, who fled Bascom the moment she could, years before. When Sydney suddenly returns home, the sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy- if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom- or with each other.
Of Allen’s debut novel, author Eileen Goudge said, “This [story] is truly spellbinding… this is Southern charm at its most beguiling.” Library Journal adds, “It’s refreshing to find a Southern novel that doesn’t depend on folksy humor or stereotypes but instead on the imaginative use of magical realism.”
Author Sarah Addison Allen lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Allen’s second book, “The Sugar Queen,” was published in May 2008 and she is currently at work on her third title, set to be published in 2009.
Contact Kristin at Decorah Public Library for more information, 563-382-3717.