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Friday Book Group: "The Gilded Hour"

Join Decorah Public Library’s Friday Book Group at 2 p.m. Friday April 21 to discuss Sara Donati’s historical fiction novel “The Gilded Hour.” The Friday Book Group meets once a month and welcomes new participants.

 

The year is 1883, and in New York City, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie—both graduates of the Woman’s Medical School—treat the city’s most vulnerable, even if doing so puts everything they’ve strived for in jeopardy.

 

Anna’s work has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything, just as she herself once had. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make an unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past and letting love into her life.

 

For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother forces her to grapple with the oath she took as a doctor—and thrusts her and Anna into the orbit of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him.

 

Sara Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi, a former academic and tenured university professor who has dedicated herself to writing full time since 2000. As Sara Donati, she is the author of the Wilderness series, six historical novels that follow the fortunes of the Bonner family in the vast forests in upstate New York (1792-1825).

 

“The Gilded Hour” is her newest novel about the Bonners. The new series jumps ahead past the destruction of the Civil War to follow Nathaniel and Elizabeth’s granddaughters into the 20th century.

 

Under her own name Lippi writes contemporary novels and academic work about linguistics.

 

Call Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 for more information.