September Book Discussions

Historical Fiction

The Color of Our Sky book coverThursday, Sept. 10
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
J’s Place

The Color of Our Sky is a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends—one struggling to survive the human slave trade and the other on a mission to save her—two girls whose lives converge only to change one fateful night in 1993.

India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old girl from the lower caste Yellamma cult of temple prostitutes has come of age to fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute. In an attempt to escape this legacy that binds her, Mukta is transported to a foster family in Bombay. There she discovers a friend in the high spirited eight-year-old Tara, the tomboyish daughter of the family, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to a different world—ice cream and sweets, poems and stories, and a friendship the likes of which she has never experienced before. In 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s room.

Eleven years later, Tara, who blames herself for what happened, embarks on an emotional journey to search for the kidnapped Mukta only to uncover long buried secrets in her own family.

Moving from a remote village in India to the bustling metropolis of Bombay, to Los Angeles and back again, amidst the brutal world of human trafficking, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship—a story of love, betrayal, and redemption—which ultimately withstands the true test of time.

Charlotte Blakeman, this month’s historical fiction discussion leader, is 28 years old and lives in Lexington, KY. She recently began her career as a librarian, but taught high school math for six years prior to joining the JCPL team.  She is married and has two dogs and a cat, but no children. Charlotte enjoys gardening, hiking, and of course, reading.

Popular Fiction

Bone Gap book cover

Tuesday, Sept. 22
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Panera, Brannon Crossing

Bone Gap marks Laura Ruby as one of fiction’s most original voices. She is capable of moving you to tears, terrifying you on deep and dreamlike levels, and making your heart shout with happiness. This book is magic realism at its most magical.”

—E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.

Bone Gap is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from a quiet midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper. As we follow them through their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Kirkus Reviews calls Bone Gap, “Cleverly conceived and lusciously written.”

Les Lehman will be discussion leader for this selection. Her daily work is to come up with interesting, fun and useful library programs for adults.  Her favorite thing to read about is how various people think the universe works, especially how physicists think it works. She also loves books that raise questions, make you wonder, and stretch your perception.