February Book Club: The Whitest Flower
Join us in the Irish Cultural Center Book Club. We’ll enjoy good craic and delve into Irish and Irish-American literature, with guided discussion in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. This event is open to all.
Our meeting will take place on Thursday, February 8 from 5:30–6:30 pm at the ICC.
We are reading The Whitest Flower by Brendan Graham. Participants are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early to get settled, perhaps grab a drink, mix and mingle. You are welcome to stay after at the Trinity Pub to socialize with dinner or drinks.
About The Whitest Flower
Rich and epic Historical Fiction set against the backdrop of the Great Famine. It is August 1845. In Dublin’s Botanic Gardens, Phytophora infestans is discovered for the first time. The bacteria blooms throughout the country, blighting potato crops and creating what becomes known as the Great Famine, an event of holocaust proportions that affects every man, woman and child in Ireland. Ellen O’Malley is one such victim. As the blight ravages the land, Ellen loses her husband. Alone and vulnerable, she is duped into going to Australia to seek a better life, leaving three of her beloved children behind. Travelling aboard a coffin ship, she arrives emaciated and ill with her new baby. But the country proves a harsh and brutal landscape and a change in fortunes seems further away than ever. But Ellen, a woman with an indomitable spirit, is determined to rise above her oppression and bring her family together once more. (text from Amazon)
Books for Upcoming Meetings
March: The Parish and The Hill by Mary Doyle Curran